Of course you already know that Thanksgiving is associated with the Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth plantation. You’ve seen the paintings and heard the story of the bountiful harvest, but have you heard the whole story?
I just published a piece on Townhall Finance which documents how—when the Pilgrims arrived—they were required by London elites who financed the expedition to practice a form of communism, which was in vogue at the time.
We shouldn’t be surprised that the result was famine, starvation and plague. The settlers decided to defy the planners in London, to reject what they called “the conceits of Plato” and instead embraced the 10 commandments and instituted private property. The result was abundance.
That history was taught to earlier generations of Americans, but no longer. Maybe this Thanksgiving, skip the arguing about politics and simply share the real ‘hidden history’ of America.