Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving(Post 1)

Today I'm going to take a moment to write about Thanksgiving.

When I was in 4th grade, my class had a GIANT feast for Thanksgiving. We had it in the lunchroom, and parents and teachers brought food such as turkey, beans, and squash. My class made paper "tepee" hats, and we wore them while the teachers took pictures of us.

The feast wasn't bad, but then we got an infuriating lesson on what Thanksgiving was really about. I was about to explode especially when they kept talking about how wonderful the pilgrims were, and made it seem like the Indians were the ones who started the wars and conflicts. Kids should know the truth.

What really happened was that the pilgrims were starving and hungry, so the Indians took them under their wing, and showed them how to cook and gather food. They taught them to use fish as fertilizer!

 They were very kind to the pilgrims, and they all had a feast(Thanksgiving feast). However, the pilgrims decided to turn on the Indians. Originally, they had given the Indians blankets, not knowing that they were carrying small pox. Many Indians died, and the pilgrims took this to their advantage. They tried to take away their land, and they sold them as slaves. In layman's terms, the Indians helped the pilgrims, but they didn't return the favor.

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