Beyond that, claiming it was the “first thanksgiving” isn’t quite right either as both native american and european societies had been holding festivals to celebrate successful harvests for centuries, mr loewen said.
The first thanksgiving was a communal celebration shared between the pilgrims and native americans the celebration later known as “the first thanksgiving” actually involved a three-day harvest festival. Related reading: “the first thanksgiving: what the real story tells us about loving god and learning from history” – robert tracy mckenzieview source the modern pilgrim narrative is wrong on all counts: they were not fleeing persecution and they did not persecute native americans.
Chapter 3: the truth about the first thanksgiving in this chapter loewen explains that the popular notion of thanksgiving is based on feel good history that has little to do with the facts. Here's what we really know about the first thanksgiving, which took place in plymouth in 1621 among the pilgrims and native americans.
The problem is that part of what you and i learned in our own childhood about the pilgrims and squanto and the first thanksgiving is a mixture of both history and myth but the theme of thanksgiving has truth and integrity far above and beyond what we and our forebearers have made of it.
The first thanksgiving in 1621 was held to celebrate a bountiful harvest with the tribe that helped make it possible the real story, it turns out, is neither as simple nor as consoling as this pared down history would suggest. The truth about the first thanksgiving : krulwich wonders lasting three days with no turkey or pie, and very few women, the first thanksgiving was a political gathering focused on cementing an indian-pilgrim military alliance, and nothing like what we celebrate today.
Another aspect of american history that every schoolchild knows is the “ first thanksgiving” but the story of the first thanksgiving is a creation myth, not a piece of history.