November 23, 2016

Pilgrim Fathers: How the Thanksgiving we know and love was manufactured

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is a day most Americans look forward to, a day of watching parades and feasting on delicious food with friends and family. However, the rosy picture we have in our minds of our Pilgrim forefathers sitting down to eat with the local Native American tribes is, frankly, a myth. In honor of the holiday, American religious historian Mark Valeri shares the true and harrowing tales of the Pilgrim immigrants, and how and why their story came to national prominence in the post-Civil War era. He also examines how the myth of that first Thanksgiving has taken root in the American identity, and traces the revisions the story has undergone through the decades.

This episode was first released in 2015. 

image flickr: mr.tindc. audio archive.org: vivaldi "the four seasons (autumn) allegro", bach "marcello". freesound.org: sagetyrtle "restaurant2", lxx-70 "Wooden ship at Sea", loisgwenllian "cough 1", quistard "Sea and seagulls stereo", klankbeeld "Old man cough", and nebulousflynn, and ephemeral rift "Native american flute in d minor".