Thursday, November 28, 2013

The True Story of Thanksgiving

Squanto, the pilgrims and the pope. (Via Esther.) To quote:
The Puritan Pilgrims were not always considered the survivors of religious persecution American history made them out to be. Writer, H.L. Mencken described Puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” And G.K. Chesterton once famously remarked:
“In America, they have a feast to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims. Here in England, we should have a feast to celebrate their departure.”


Julygirl said...

Fascinating story. I never new any of that except the part about the intervention of Massasoit and Squanto which we all learned in grade school.

But I might add that Massachusetts just had better P.R. because those of us who live in the Mid-Atlantic know everything started here in Virginia and Maryland.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, it did!!

Matterhorn said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all!