Thanksgiving: Whose History?
Our current religious and cultural war in America is encapsulated well by how we fight over the Thanksgiving holiday. The liberals leave out the Pilgrims' religious thanks to God and say they invited and thanked the Indians. Conservatives get mad, fight back, and wind up teaching bad history themselves, saying No, the Pilgrims were thanking God, not the Indians. Well, that isn't true, either. It was both. They sought to thank God for the bountiful harvest, and they wanted to strengthen their friendship with the Indians, perhaps also seeking to evangelize them.