Thursday, November 22, 2018

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.”
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Capitalism made Thanksgiving possible. From Red State:
 Once Governor Bradford provided each family with a private portion of land, and allowed each family to keep the vast majority of the fruits of its own labor, prosperity came to the Colony. The starvation and stagnation of the first two years in the new world were reversed when freedom came flooding in. Gone were the days of the sluggards, who sought to survive off the sweat of their neighbors. In were the days of industrious self-reliance, which brought a rising tide to lift all boats. The real meaning of Thanksgiving is that the LORD of Providence provides for His people. The sub-theme, however, is that He used freedom to provide for those in need. The Apostle Paul had it right when he told the early church: “if a man will not work, he shall not eat” I, for one, believe that these words of Paul are just as inspired as the others that he preached. (Read more.)
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5 comments:

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!

Samuel Doucette said...

Thanksgiving started with the Spanish offering a Mass of Thanksgiving in St Augustine FL in 1595.

elena maria vidal said...

Amen!