I ask because many have been indoctrinated to believe falsehoods.
Thanksgiving. Where did it come from?
Plymouth Colony, modern-day Massachusettes, the year: 1620. One of the traditions the Pilgrims had brought with them from England was a practice known as “farming in common.” The Plymouth Plantation was initially set up as a collectivist system. Pilgrims would farm their food and place the fruits of their labor in one community pool; where the government
rationed the harvest based on need. Plymouth County Governor William Bradford writing his history of the colony in "Of Plimoth Plantation," said: “[in 1621] the taking away of property, and bringing in community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing.”
Instead of happiness and flourishing under this socialist system, many Pilgrims faked illness or stole instead of working in the fields to produce food. Governor William Bradford later wrote that the colony was filled with "corruption," and with "confusion and discontent." He stated that the crops were so small because “much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable."
After 2 brutally weak harvests of '21 and '22 where HALF of the Pilgrims died, it was Spring of 1623 when Governor Bradford "began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery.” In 1623, after much debate, a new system was set up in which every family was assigned a parcel of land, and whatever they produced belonged to the family.
Gov. Bradford then observed, "The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression." Bradford continued: “This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content.” The colonists actually produced so much food in 1623 and 1624 that they starting exporting corn and traded the excess harvests for furs and other desired commodities.
After Gov. Bradford's establishment of a capitalistic free market system, harvests were so bountiful that Bradford is credited with establishing what we now call Thanksgiving.