Skip to comments.Charles Blow Op-ed in the NY Times: The Horrible History of Thanksgiving
Posted on 12/04/2019 9:40:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
When I was a child, Thanksgiving was simple. It was about turkey and dressing, love and laughter, a time for the family to gather around a feast and be thankful for the year that had passed and be hopeful for the year to come.
In school, the story we learned was simple, too: Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to give thanks.
As Peter C. Mancall, a professor at the University of Southern California, wrote for CNN on Wednesday, Gov. William Bradford would say in his book Of Plymouth Plantation, which he began to write in 1630, that the Puritans had arrived in a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wild beasts and wild men.
Mancall further explained that after the visits to the New World by Samuel de Champlain and Capt. John Smith in the early 1600s, a terrible illness spread through the region among the Native Americans. He continued: Modern scholars have argued that indigenous communities were devastated by leptospirosis, a disease caused by Old World bacteria that had likely reached New England through the feces of rats that arrived on European ships.
This weakening of the native population by disease from the new arrivals ships created an opening for the Pilgrims.
King Jamess patent called this spread of disease a wonderfull Plague that might help to devastate and depopulate the region. Some friends.
But many of those native people not killed by disease would be killed by direct deed.
The celebration in 1621 did not mark a friendly turning point and did not become an annual event. Relations between the Wampanoag and the settlers deteriorated, leading to the Pequot War. In 1637, in retaliation for the murder of a man the settlers believed the Wampanoags killed, they burned a nearby village, killing as many as 500
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Dude is one sick puppy.
Gee Charles, sounds like the friendly and innocent native Americans probably wished they had strict border controls, sufficient border police, and strong management over what diseases were allowed into “their” country from waves of uninvited foreigners.
1) history is full of sad stories. Where you going to do about it?
2) The USA wasnt around in 1620. If you want to complain about some evil country, go write a letter to the Queen of England.
3) If your beef isnt with England then I guess you are just upset with White people? Dont be a racist. Dont perpetuate the hate. How are you helping?
Is there any holiday or celebration, which the left has not criticized or maligned in some way?
Is the left still ok with Martin Luther King day?
Any others they are ok with? White liberals still love Kwanzaa, don’t they?
Maybe New year’s day is ok? Although the liberals no longer use “BC” or “AD”, to denote the year.
This is total b*llsh*t. I don’t read the NYT so won’t look at the rest, but the real history is best told in the Philbrick book on the Mayflower.
Here’s another good source:
(Prager U video).
> history is full of sad stories <
White settlers killed Indians. And Indians killed white settlers. And yes, Indians killed other Indians, in great numbers. So its an error to just say The white man was bad. The correct statement is Everyone was bad.
But of course that last statement is not politically correct. So better not mention it.
A follower, by choice or unknowingly, of the Howard Zinn and American Communist Party line of “hate America” history.
So the fag doesn’t like Thanksgiving. Who cares? He is still a small-minded nobody with limited intelligence given a platform by the failing New York Times. His presence there is another nail in the coffin of the Times.
why are so many faggots so miserable?
The sinister part of the whole “genocide by disease” theory is that it was a willfull act, universally, on the part of the colonists to North America.
That’s like saying it is a willful act that you get some stomach issue drinking water in some foreign land, water that does not bother the people who live there.
On the other hand, a written langauge, education spread by writen langauge, methods using science and discovery by science, applied in all kinds of fields, and even manufacturing such as it was the in 1600s were all hallmarks of a more successful culture not bound by subsistence on merely what nature was willing to provide. The colonists had nothing to apologize for as to any of that, nor do we need to apologize that they brought those things to North America.
Treaties were broken, yes. And that was wrong. Yet I doubt even that was the greatest thing that spelled the difference between success and failure of native American culture and the culture European colonists brought with them.
As to slavery, it existed among some Native Americans in North America before the colonists, and before some colonosts adopted their own version of it.
We got the disease from the Chinese. Killed off a lot of us, too.
A pro-America holiday with religious overtones is not likely to be treated kindly by the America-hating secularists at the Slimes.
What disease was that?
Having the second best military technology, in any fight, usually sucks.
There has not, to my knowledge, been a single instance where the more advanced civilization didn’t utterly depredate and essentially annihilate a more primitive one when the two have come in contact.
The author blew it in the first paragraph. It should read:
"When I was a child, Thanksgiving was simple. It was about turkey and dressing, love and laughter, a time for the family to gather around a feast and be thankful TO GOD for the year . . "
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