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A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving Hardcover – October 2, 2006
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Hodgson's book tells the tale of the first feast (at which there were no turkeys, cranberries, or pies), the tough first years in the settlement, the complex relationship between the colonists and the Native Americans, and, finally, the evolution of the Thanksgiving holiday over the centuries. The text is at times gripping and at other times plodding. Hodgson certainly has solid research and factual background, but not all chapters will pull the reader in.
The author seems to explain where the myth came from. And some of the details are fascinating. Like, apparently the "turkey" is from this hemisphere, but not native to New England. The Spanish brought them up from Central America early in the 16th century. It was called "turkey" because of the route the English brought the birds to UK.
The relevant history, though, starts with the Reformation, that historical precedent which brought those "Pilgrims"--they didn't characterize themselves that way--to our shores. And I was impressed with the author's perception of the differences between Protestant sects; Calvin's influence on many is an important element of the migration, as anyone who's studied comparative religions knows. (Some of today's religious seem to suggest that there is a monolithic "Christianity" around with the US is shaped. That there is not--the divisions within the "Christians were formidable and many--and evidence suggests that the Calvinists are somewhat responsible for the "American exceptionalism" of which the author also writes is alluded to in the text).
Pertinent to this, the author puts John Winthrop, noted for his "city on the hill" quote, into context. Especially after Reagan paraphrased that phrase, it was misrepresented in the context of American history. That "context" is an important element of the text.Read more ›
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a bit dry/academic feeling. Its a short book, but not a fast read. Loved the information and learning about the real history of the holiday.Published on December 20, 2013 by Miss Lark
A Great and Godly Adventure is an absolutely outstanding read. All the things you thought you knew about the first Indians and Thanksgiving. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by vejs
This book does deliver what it promises - it explains why the First Thanksgiving was a myth, and it is extremely interesting to learn what the early Thanksgivings consisted of. Read morePublished on December 1, 2009 by Ann Sherry
I picked this up at the library recently, this being the Thanksgiving season and all, and was at first fascinated by the purported concept. Read morePublished on November 20, 2007 by Matthew Wall
i read this book for a class and i was majorly confused by this book..Published on October 10, 2007 by Nicole Luongo