Enjoy this first post from the new website!
‘Newsjacking’ is grabbing a story in the news to give it an interesting twist.
I decided to combine two stories. Let’s see what happens!
Today, I’m backing out of the tech and text world and jumping into a little (U.S.) history lesson with a thought-provoking development at the end.
A beloved holiday
In the United States, we are approaching our annual Thanksgiving holiday.
If you’ve watched the craziness in our country this year, you’ve seen many who are wwaayy confused in the American history department.
Let’s make sure we have the story straight before using it as an excuse to set a town on fire.
The wrench in the works
One of our problems is the 1619 Project. It taints the brave people who sailed for two months on the Mayflower to establish a colony here.
They fled religious persecution and set out for the New World.
Among several incorrect items, the 1619 Project sets the arrival of the Pilgrims in the wrong year.
It also blames them for bringing slavery to this continent (which is untrue) and was part of the excuse for the insurrection in our streets this year.
The first Pilgrims arrived in September 1620 – not 1619 – and they did not bring slaves with them. (Slaves arrived as early as the 1500s.)
Seven weeks ago, we celebrated the 400th anniversary of those settlers landing 200 (cold!) miles farther north than anticipated.
Our Thanksgiving tradition began with the Pilgrims’ first harvest. They gathered, in the fall of 1621, to thank God for their miraculous survival.
A perfect holiday for a unique story
Your country may celebrate a time of thanksgiving, too. I wanted to share an intriguing twist to our account as we head toward the fourth Thursday in November (our Thanksgiving Day).
I had forgotten about the Pilgrims finding an English-speaking native – in the land that would become America – when they arrived in 1620.
How did that happen? Well … someone has written that story!
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving (by Eric Metaxas) shares the gripping tale.
This is a quick, easy, curl-up-on-the-couch-with-your-kid teaching moment about the USA’s beginnings.
The book is inexpensive (<$10 USD when I checked in September), has excellent art, children love it, and it isn’t boring for adults. A significant achievement, right?
No matter when you celebrate it in your country,
let me wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
I hope you have a chance to enjoy this engaging story from our history.
Here are URLs to Eric’s book
Note: These are not affiliate links. If you purchase this book, I do not receive compensation of any kind.
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