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Marietta Daily Journal - on The First Thanksgiving

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Marietta Daily Journal - on The First Thanksgiving

We would like to congratulate the Marietta Daily Journal for not only printing some true history, but for recognizing the existence of "anti-Southern bias" in much of our increasingly politically correct history.

He also correctly points out the "pressure" for moving a Day of Thanksgiving into November for the purpose of increasing the commercialism of Christmas. But we believe that he has the timeframe off a bit. This occurred much earlier and was initiated by the merchants of New York. More on this later ...

George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness":

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York , the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

(signed) G. Washington

The most important aspect of a Day of Thanksgiving was to Thank God for Our Blessings (for both Virginians and Pilgrims) and that should still be the purpose today. We hope that every one will remember the true purpose as they stuff on turkey, ham or even vegetables for the vegetarians.

Then join us again on December 4, as we celebrate the First English Thanksgiving in our Country. Note that both the Spanish and French had earlier Days of Thanksgiving in parts of our country.

Seems like our country got started without the likes of the ACLU running things!

Beer and eels: The rest of the ...
First Thanksgiving fable

Sunday, November 21, 2004 3:08 AM EST

We Americans will gather together Thursday with family and loved ones to celebrate "the First Thanksgiving."

Right? Wrong!

Yes, we'll be gathering, all right, and gobbling our weight in turkey and trimmings. And though our thanks and gratitude will be sincere, we'll be all wrong as to the time, place, characters, menu and other circumstances of the occasion we are honoring. That's because, contrary to the myth pounded into the head of every elementary schooler, the First Thanksgiving featured no Pilgrims, no Indians and no Plymouth. No Miles Standish, no Squanto, no Massasoit.

No bull.

The first Thanksgiving ceremony in North America took place not in Plymouth in 1621, but near Jamestown, Va., on Dec. 4, 1619. Being a native of Virginia, such distinctions are of vital significance.

Virginia's event was not a celebration, but a true thanksgiving service held by 38 English settlers who had just survived a perilous winter passage across the stormy Atlantic in a small sailing ship.

Most Americans, it's fair to say, think the first English settlement in North America was at Plymouth. Wrong again. The first permanent settlement was Jamestown, founded in 1607 - more than a decade before the Pilgrims got around to heading this way.

Why the confusion about who thanked first? The Pilgrims, with their silly hats, clunky-looking buckled shoes and exaggerated Thanksgiving tale, made for an easier story to sell to the public, especially children. Was there also a bit of Yankee chauvinism and anti-Southern bias in the downplaying of the Jamestown saga? Probably, in that a number of the country's most prominent early historians and writers were from New England. That region also was the heartland of abolitionism - and the first slaves introduced in this country arrived via Jamestown.

By the time President Lincoln formalized the Thanksgiving holiday (which he set for early December) during some of the darkest days of the Civil War, the Jamestown Thanksgiving service had been all but forgotten.

Later, President Franklin Roosevelt - hoping to extend the holiday shopping period and spark the Depression-era economy - moved up the holiday to the fourth Thursday in November. (No one back then could have foreseen a time when the start of the holiday shopping season coincided with the week before Halloween. Before long, the Christmas shopping season will be starting on the Monday after Labor Day.)

But we digress. Did those at the first Thanksgiving service (the Virginia one!) chow down on basted turkey, giblet gravy and cranberry sauce? Not likely. There might have been a little food left after their trans-oceanic voyage, but whatever it was, you can be sure it was unappetizing and in short supply. (Death via starvation was a constant theme in Jamestown's early years.)

The Plymouth event, on the other hand, was the continent's first all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. That's how the story goes, anyway. They did have turkey at Plymouth's thanksgiving, didn't they?

Wrong yet again. Archaeologists who have dug through Plymouth's remains say there is no evidence (that is, turkey bones) of such birds having been consumed there until well after 1621, according to University of Virginia professor and archaeologist Jim Deetz.

If they didn't have turkey, what did they munch on? The 50 or so Pilgrims and their 90 Indian guests likely scarfed down bread, corn, deer, fish, rabbit, squirrel and ... eel. Yes, eel, says Deetz.

Eel was a dietary staple at that point in the Plymouth settlement. (No wonder the Pilgrims were such Puritans.) The English-speaking Indian Squanto had earlier shown the settlers how to squish eels out of the mud with their bare feet.

So the Pilgrims didn't have turkey and weren't the first to hold a thanksgiving. Is there anything their defenders can brag about?

Yes. The Pilgrims' feast probably featured copious amounts of beer, Deetz says.

I don't think the First Thanksgiving fable would have had the "legs" that it's had if celebrating Thanksgiving meant having to gorge on eels and beer.

But maybe all that beer in 1621 explains how that cock-and-bull story about turkey and the Pilgrims being first got started in the first place.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Joe Kirby is Editorial Page editor of the Marietta Daily Journal.



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