1. Enchantra says

    Actually the first Thanksgiving was at Roanoke in 1586. The Pilgrim Thanksgiving was the fifth such recorded event and took place 35 years later.

    The only reason we associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims is the shibboleth that the English colonists came to North America for religious freedom.

    Virginians were the pioneers and they came here for money.

  2. brian says

    Do you do any kind of research into what you post here? This video is from a group called “Campus Reform.” They’re a division of the”Leadership Institute.” The Leadership Institute is an antigay right-wing think tank. But yes, post this “hilarious” video showing how stupid American college kids are as a result of their liberal university education.

  3. caperboi says

    why would you care if college students knew some made up story about a harvest festival? I doubt that beyond grade school it’s even mentioned in class aside from “what you doing on thanksgiving.”

    it’s funny, and it shows the exact amount of attention the story deserves.

  4. jamal49 says

    Cute video. Of course, the “First Thanksgiving” is all myth and never went down like people think. And, oh, uh, Brian? Those students ignorance is more a result of them being ignorant and nothing to do with a “liberal” education. Get real.

  5. PTBoat says

    Danswon: envious much?

    Enchantra: I think the idea of the first Thanksgiving table (not just a harvest fest, or celebration of a supply ship) is about the coming together of both native and newcomers to a common table. The idea of giving thanks was a tradition elsewhere. By the way, the people who were on the Mayflower, and following MS ships were not all religious pilgrims, as many think.

    Caperboi: This was written, in 1621, by one of the attendants. It’s not a made up story. “Our harvest being gotten in our Governor sent four men on fowling, so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They, four, in one day killed as much fowl as with a little beside, served the company almost a week. At which time amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest King Massasoit with some 90 men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted. And they went out and killed five deer which they brought to the Plantation, and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others.”

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