“When the Pilgrims failed in their early socialistic experiment (the common store house went empty) William Bradford remarked, ‘God is smarter than Plato.'”
“In 1621, a mere 51 Pilgrims had survived to celebrate the harvest we now know as ‘The First Thanksgiving.’ They invited a neighboring Indian chief, and 90 Indians as guests, who brought five deer to the feast, adding to the Pilgrims’ own bounty.” Steve Byas
The Meaning of Thanksgiving
Steve Byas, The New American, November 21, 2016, p. 44
On the fourth Thursday of each November, millions of Americans gather around the dinner table to eat turkey and dressing, and stuff themselves with all kinds of foods, in the great American holiday known as Thanksgiving- The story of the holiday’s origins reveals much of what made this country at its founding.
While the first shots of the American Revolution are said to have been fired in 1775, John Adams remarked that the revolution was already “complete” in the minds of the colonists. He meant that the embattled farmers stood on the village green at Lexingtcjn and at Concord’s Old North Bridge, not to change their way of life, but to preserve it.
The Thanksgiving celebration is an important part of that revolution, in which a new way of life developed on the shores of English America.
Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving, and it was Spanish Catholies who held the first Thanksgiving in the New World, in Florida at St. Augustine a generation earlier. But America’s holiday is deeply rooted in the fundamental concepts that created the American nation, and its way of life. Continue reading