Do Children Learn The Real History of Thanksgiving In School?
I don’t think so. I think our children just learn a fairy tale about the history of Thanksgiving in school, which is not true from any side.
So what do they learn in school?
Especially, in the schools of the United States of America, our children are taught that the first Thanksgiving was observed in 1621, where 53 Pilgrims of Plymouth and 90 Wampanoag Native Americans participated with a lot of love and respect towards each other.
In books, they are taught that the 53 Pilgrims were so kind and liberal that they invited the Natives to the dinner party and shared their hard-arranged food items with them.
Many historians believe this story is just a joke and misleading. I also agree with them, here is why.
What Is The Origin of This Fake Story?
The story schools teach today actually originated during the days of Abraham Lincoln.
President Lincoln’s administration had to create this story to reunify the people in the United States during the state of the bloody Civil War.
In 1863, via a Presidential proclamation, Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday to unite the country once again.
Although, the love and respect between the Pilgrims and Natives were just a fake story of Thanksgiving; but later, schools started teaching it as a real one.
If It Is Fake, Then What Is The Truth?
Still, nobody knows, what actually happened on the first Thanksgiving of 1621.
According to a group of historians, at that time, European immigrants and Natives were two cutthroat enemies.
So, from this point of view, there was no chance of the Pilgrims sharing their hard-arranged food items with the Natives.
Instead, it is said that the Pilgrims robbed Natives food to celebrate the festival.
Currently, we just have some perspective about the first Thanksgiving but not exact proofs about it.
However, one thing that I can tell you is that today schools are spreading some misconceptions about the first Thanksgiving celebration.
Let us know, what you think.
[Did You Know? Every Year On The Day of Thanksgiving, Native Americans In The United States Observe The National Day of Mourning. They Also Call This Day “Unthanksgiving”]