— [http://goo.gl/nx7pZB] Thanksgiving Is an Origin Myth That Whitewashes Native American Genocide____________________The Dark Historical Roots Of American 'Thanksgiving'
1. William Bradford wanted a holiday to give thanks to mass slaughter.
In 1637, the war on the Pequot villages of Southeastern Connecticut began, and settlers savagely slaughtered Pequot men, women, and children by the hundreds. Bradford’s own notes described the savagery of his men in graphic detail:
It was conceived they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire...horrible was the stink and scent thereof, but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them.” —Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation, pp. 425-426
“For the next 100 years, every Thanksgiving Day ordained by a Governor was in honor of the bloody victory, thanking God that the battle had been won.”
2. Squanto was kidnapped and forced into child slavery.
But despite Squanto’s best efforts to escape and live free, he was kidnapped again by British slave traders and again enslaved in Spain. After several more years, Squanto managed to talk his way into a ship back to England, and then proceeded to get on a ship headed to Cape Cod in 1619. Squanto learned English not to help white people grow crops, but as a necessity to escape slavery and get back to his homeland.
3. The Pilgrims were against religious freedom.
4. The Pilgrims were the first illegal immigrants.
Along with bringing their religious beliefs, the first white settlers in America brought along foreign germs, which, starting in 1616, caused a plague that killed between 50 percent and 90 percent of Native American populations all the way down the Eastern Seaboard. This is part of what made it possible for the Pilgrims to maintain their foothold on the land they occupied — previous voyages by Norsemen in the 10th century were unsuccessful, as they were hopelessly outnumbered before the European-induced plagues of the 17th century.
"BRADFORD'S HISTORY "OF PLIMOTH PLANTATION." FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT," WITH A REPORT OF THE PROCEEDINGS INCIDENT
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"A People's History of America," by Howard Zinn. PDF ::
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•  Bradford. Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation, written between 1620-47 but not published until the nineteenth century. Print.
•  Cahill, Tom. Tom Cahill is a writer. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news . Web.
•  Zinn, Howard (1999), Oxford University Press. A People's History of America. New York, New York, USA. HarperCollins Publishers. 1999. Print.
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