A Great & Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims & the Myth of the First Thanksgiving

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PublicAffairs, 2006 - History - 212 pages
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The first Thanksgiving wasn't celebrated with turkey (there weren't any in Massachusetts) and didn't take place in 1621. Indeed the settlers, who probably didn't think of themselves as Pilgrims and were most certainly not revolutionaries against their king, were lucky not to be wiped out during their first winter. They probably would have been had the local Indian population not been affected even worse by disease and starvation.

In this fascinating history of America's favorite creation myth, peppered with delightful and unexpected insights, Godfrey Hodgson throws new light on the radicalism of the so-called Pilgrims, the financing of their trip, the state of the Indian tribes that they encountered when they landed and the reasons why Plymouth probably didn't have a rock.


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User Review  - cyderry - LibraryThing

This book tells the tale of the Pilgrims - their reasons for seeking a new home, their trip across the Atlantic, and their efforts to settle what was to become known as the Plymouth Colony in current ... Read full review

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Despite its title, the majority of this book was devoted to the history of the Plymouth settlers as opposed to the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday. The author concisely describes the religious ... Read full review


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Godfrey Hodgson is currently a visiting journalism professor at the City University in London, and has just retired as director of the Reuters Foundation Programme at Oxford University, where for eight years he was a Fellow of Green College. He is the author of four previous books.

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