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Has "Thanksgiving Day" something to do with the genocide against native americans in the north-east?
- PeterLv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
Not a thing. It is the day where people celebrate when settlers from the old world first settled here. It has NOTHING to do with the genocide.
- MackenzieLv 710 years ago
No, not at all.
It's rooted in harvest festivals.
The Pilgrims sat down with the Natives for one feast... we celebrate the one time they all came together. Genocide was not the intent.
But the Pilgrims didn't have the first feast of thanks-giving, and not even the first on this continent. There already were feasts of thanks-giving in Europe, what is now FL, VA and Canada. And the next one after the Pilgrims wasn't for over 100 years.
Pilgrims are just one story the history books latched onto.
The real reason we celebrate T-day is that in the 1800s a woman named Sarah Hale thought the industrial revolution was eroding American values... she wanted there to be a holiday about home & hearth & wrote letters for 40 years. Lincoln finally decreed in the 1860s that Thanksgiving was a national holiday.
Anyone who says people are celebrating the death of Native Americans is 1) short-sighted 2) uneducated and 3) being extremely unfair to the millions of families who come together to simply be thankful and enjoy a day together.
- ?Lv 710 years ago
The first Thanksgiving was actually celebrated when a ship from Dublin, Ireland arrived to the US bearing food for Puritans who were just about to starve.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Nope. The indians were fighting each other long before the Europeans came.
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- 10 years ago
you need to watch "a history channel thanksgiving"
here's a breakdown for ya: