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November 22, 2007
On this Thanksgiving, Give some Props to the Pilgrims
Want an antidote to the politically correct Thanksgiving? How about celebrating the accomplishments of some truly extraordinary people: the Pilgrims of Plymouth Rock:
But what we tend to forget about the Pilgrims is that they were not explorers or people inured to hardship. They were country folk from the Midlands of England – most of them were not farmers or possessing the skills necessary to begin a colony. They were simple townsfolk whose separatist ideas about the Church of England landed them in trouble with the authorities – so much so that they were driven out of the country. First to Holland, where their religious views were tolerated but where parents were concerned that the children were losing their essential “Englishness” and pined for the homeland. That’s when William Bradford made a deal with the London Company for a land patent and the crossing was planned. History's take on the Pilgrims has made wild swings over the years, from American heroes to harbingers of hate. The truth is, they were ill-prepared to confront the dangers in starting a colony but, with the help of native Americans, persevered through some very hard times until the suceeded.
So here they were, arriving in the waters of the New World in early November, 1620 but not making a landing until nearly a month later. It was then they began to hack a civilization out of the wilderness. Whatever skills they had with the ax or hammer, they were forced to perfect while constructing a few rough hewn buildings over the winter of 1620-21. Only 47 of the original 102 Pilgrims who began the crossing survived to see that first spring.
I wrote more on the Pilgrims today here.
And from all of us here at American Thinker, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!