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After reading this book, readers may finally fully understand the meaning of Thanksgiving as the Pilgrims first intended. Beginning with the religious movements in 17th century Europe, Hodgson gives a fastidiously researched description of the path that leads the Pilgrims to the new world to preach their godly message. Contrary to 19th century prints, Hodgson describes the Pilgrims at their first landing, not "with fife and drum, watched by cowering Indians, but staggering ashore, exhausted, drenched, and chilled to the bone." Establishing the colony was a brutal exercise. The Pilgrims endured "the starving time," and had to secretly bury bodies "so the Indians should not suspect how much the settlement was weakened." Hodgson follows the evolution of Thanksgiving into contemporary times, chronicling the rise of football as a Thanksgiving tradition, "almost as sacred as turkey and cranberry sauce, or pumpkin pie." At times Hodgson's attention to detail slows down the narrative, but balances it out with the tale on the high seas and the patriotism of the colonists.
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"In this enjoyable book Hodgson shows how Thanksgiving has evolved from a noisy public festival into a more private, domestic affair." -- Guardian, October 21, 2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
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 21 months ago 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