A Great and Godly Adventure by Godfrey Hodgson
The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving

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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.


About Godfrey Hodgson

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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.
Published October 2, 2006 by PublicAffairs. 212 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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The Pilgrims endured ""the starving time,"" and had to secretly bury bodies ""so the Indians should not suspect how much the settlement was weakened."" Hodgson follows the evolution of Thanksgiving into contemporary times, chronicling the rise of football as a Thanksgiving tradition, ""almost as ...

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