November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, America!

In the fall of 1621, 90 Wampanoag Native Americans and 13 English Pilgrims joined together to celebrate the Pilgrim's first successful harvest in their new homeland. They did not realize they were setting the stage for a grand alliance that over the next century and a half would defeat multiple Native empires and two European empires. Here today, 390 years later, I am deeply and profoundly thankful that these two disparate peoples could join together in friendship and mutual support to lay the foundations for the greatest nation the world has ever known. The key to understanding American Exceptionalism is first understanding the true foundations of our pluralistic society. From that first harvest in 1621, the key virtues of America have remained individualism, cooperation, and mutual respect for cultural differences. Thanksgiving Day is what America is really all about.

Wikipedia: Thanksgiving (United States)
Scholastic: Thanksgiving Day Teaching Site
Plimoth Plantation: English Village
Plimoth Plantation: Wampanoag Homesite
Wompanoag Tribe of Gay Head
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe
Plimoth Plantation