“The Truth Of The First Thanksgiving” from Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The traditional American view of the “First Thanksgiving” is so widely known and commonly accepted that it is re-enacted by thousands of schoolchildren across America every year.  But not only is this idealized representation of the early interactions between Native Americans and the white settlers of the Americans historically questionable, it also reinforces wildly distorted ideas about what relationships between these groups were like, in ways that continue to resonate today.  The “First Thanksgiving” is not a harmless “creation myth” – the way it is told has had consequences in terms of how many Americans have come to view the treatment of Native Americans across our nation’s history.  Please join us for a discussion of what relations between Native Americans and the first white settlers in New England were actually like, and why the way we tell the Thanksgiving story is important today.

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