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Everyone's history matters: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known

 

November 28, 2022



The Thanksgiving story deeply rooted in America’s school curriculum frames the Pilgrims as the main characters and reduces the Wampanoag Indians to supporting roles. It also erases a monumentally sad history. The true history of Thanksgiving begins with the Indians.

Although it’s often left out of textbooks, this series of intrusions was the catalyst to what is probably the most important event in this nation’s history, without which Europeans would not have been able to settle on top of the millions of Native people who already lived in America—at least, not as fast: epidemic illness.

The Pilgrims already believed they were part of God’s plan. Finding empty villages as 90 percent—yes, 90 percent—of America’s Indians perished in front of them only furthered Europeans’ sense of their destiny, influencing them to continue the colonization westward.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2017/11/23/everyones-history-matters-and-wampanoag-indian-thanksgiving-story-deserves-be-known/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20221123daily-responsive&spMailingID=47678621&spUserID=NTkyNzY2ODg1MzgyS0&spJobID=2343292412&spReportId=MjM0MzI5MjQxMgS2

 

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