• March 14Hundreds of El Mo students "lie in" for 17 minutes

  • March 14Renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking passes

  • March 11'Black Panther' surpasses $1 billion in global box office

  • February 4Eagles edge out Patriots to win Super Bowl LII

Frontline

Filed under Columns, Focus

The True Story of the First Thanksgiving

The real Thanksgiving occurred in 1637 and the aftermath in the twenty first century.

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






  Growing up in the United States we are taught a certain way of the Europeans coming over escaping the tied down religion based in England.

  Yet did the Pilgrims share their Thanksgiving meal with the local Indians, the Wampanoag and Pequot? No. That never happened. That is, until its involvement in the “Thanksgiving Story” in 1890. The first Thanksgiving did occur in the year 1637 but was not celebrated the way it is today. On that day the Massachusetts Colony Governor, John Winthrop, proclaimed such a “Thanksgiving” to celebrate the safe return of a band of heavily armed hunters, all colonial volunteers. They had just returned from their journey to what is now Mystic, Connecticut where they massacred 700 Pequot Indians. Seven hundred Indians – men, women and children – all murdered.

  After 373 years, this event has been long gone forgotten by the American and European culture, though it is an unforgettable day in the hearts of the Native Americans. There is an existing group of only Native Americans in where they call themselves “United American Indians of New England.” The natives meet each year at Plymouth Rock on Cole’s Hill for what they say is a Day of Mourning. They gather at the feet of a statue of Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag to remember the long gone leader and the families lost. They do not call it Thanksgiving. They do not get together for a football game afterwards and they don’t take a week off to prepare for the devastating mourning or meal around their table.  Thanksgiving Day has indeed spread across the continent and will continue to serve us well to remember that it wasn’t until the victorious colonial militia returned from their slaughter of the Pequot that the New Americans began their now time-honored and cherished Thanksgiving.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
It's only fair to share...Print this page
Print
Share on Facebook
Facebook
Share on Google+
Google+
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Share on LinkedIn
Linkedin

Leave a Comment

Frontline intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and must be approved by a moderator to ensure that they meet these standards. We do not allow anonymous comments, and require a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




*

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • The True Story of the First Thanksgiving

    Showcase

    Cross Country Gets Their Feet Moving

  • The True Story of the First Thanksgiving

    Showcase

    Winning by 1 stroke

  • Music

    The Rise of K-Pop

  • Media&Arts

    Artist of the Month Interview

  • Feature

    Local Job Opportunity

  • Showcase

    Florida Mourns Another Shooting

  • The True Story of the First Thanksgiving

    Columns

    Straws Suck, But That’s Their Job

  • Feature

    The Story of A Champion

  • The True Story of the First Thanksgiving

    FrontlineFeed

    All Smiles with The Grinns

  • The True Story of the First Thanksgiving

    Feature

    See You on the Flip Side

The student news site of El Modena High School
The True Story of the First Thanksgiving