The Truth about Thanksgiving: Why You Should Celebrate

The First Thanksgiving, 1621, painting by J.L.G. Ferris (1863-1930). Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. LC-USZC4-4961)

The antidote to feel-good history is not feel-bad history but honest and inclusive history. James Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me, 92. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving, as we take turns around the dinner table sharing why we are thankful, a sense of awkwardness settles in. The awkwardness is not [Read More...]

Christian Reflection on the First Thanksgiving with Historian Tracy McKenzie

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Thanksgiving is here! Bring on the turkey and the culture wars, then spend black Friday with a bad case of indigestion. Americans are as preoccupied with sweet potato controversies – with or without marshmallows – as we are with arguing over what kind of country those reforming Pilgrims wanted to jump start. Were they hoping [Read More...]


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