The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Undesignated 3 Comments


RIDER COMMENT:  This is probably the most untold story that NEEDS to be told — in all of American history. Sadly, our kids never hear this absolutely true recounting of what to be REALLY thankful about re: Thanksgiving.


The Great Thanksgiving Hoax
by Richard J. Maybury

Each year at this time school children all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating.

It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgiving’s real meaning.

The official story has the pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America and establishing the Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620-21. This first winter is hard, and half the colonists die. But the survivors are hard working and tenacious, and they learn new farming techniques from the Indians. The harvest of 1621 is bountiful. The Pilgrims hold a celebration, and give thanks to God. They are grateful for the wonderful new abundant land He has given them.

The official story then has the Pilgrims living more or less happily ever after, each year repeating the first Thanksgiving. Other early colonies also have hard times at first, but they soon prosper and adopt the annual tradition of giving thanks for this prosperous new land called America.

The problem with this official story is that the harvest of 1621 was not bountiful, nor were the colonists hardworking or tenacious. 1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves.

In his ‘History of Plymouth Plantation,’ the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years, because they refused to work in the fields. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with “corruption,” and with “confusion and discontent.” The crops were small because “much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable.”

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Comments 3

  1. Here is the view of another eyewitness, Edward Winslow, from his 1621 book, “Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth”.

    “Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a 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 help beside, served the company almost a week.

    At which time, among other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety 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 upon our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”

  2. Former San Diegan Michael Medved is doing his annual Thanksgiving history show today on KCBQ am-1170.

    He explains that the Plymouth Colony Pilgrims were
    also giving thanks for their native American benefactor
    “Squanto”, a Christian. Squanto was a trusted friend
    of Chief Massasoit, and he assured friendly relations
    between that Tribe and the English colonists.

    Squanto also showed the Pilgrims how to plant and
    harvest Corn, which sustained them through the
    subsequent tough winters. So there was a real
    reason for the Pilgrims to invite Squanto and friends
    for a feast of thanksgiving.

  3. Jim, I also remember the true tale of Thanksgiving. We and Richard are old enough to have been educated before political correctness degraded the teaching of history to today’s level.

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