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Just a reminder to please consider the full historical context when planning Thanksgiving history or origin story lessons. Many Thanksgiving "stories" are Eurocentric and ignore the bigotry, misuse of power, greed, and racism that was rampant during that time (and sadly, continues still today). 

Below, please find some links that provide insights into some Native American perspectives:

From Native American Educational site NativeCircle.com : http://www.nativecircle.com/fi...anksgiving-myth.html

From Time magazine, “The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell is a Harmful Lie”: https://time.com/5457183/thank...ve-american-holiday/

A current perspective on Thanksgiving from 4 different Native American voices from the New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/1...licated-holiday.html 

 

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Actually, a better historical context for the American celebration of Thanksgiving could be referencing President Lincoln. At the urging of editor Sara Josepha Hale, President Lincoln declared that the last Thursday in November should be a day of national thanksgiving.  Even in the midst of the terrible Civil War, Lincoln urged people to remember the source of our many blessings: 

"The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God."

He goes on to encourage people to offer thanksgiving and praise to God, as well as to pray for the nation and for those affected by the war. 

 

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