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David J. Silverman

This Land Is Their Land

by David J. Silverman

This Land Is Their Land

David J. Silverman

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Historian and professor David J. Silverman reveals the true roots of Thanksgiving and explains how the holiday has been used to misrepresent the Wampanoag Native Americans.

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This Land Is Their Land

by David J. Silverman

This Land Is Their Land

David J. Silverman

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Every year, students are taught that Thanksgiving is a celebration of the 1621 feast between the English settlers of New England and the Wampanoag Native Americans. As the story goes, the Pilgrims were struggling with agriculture in the 'New World', and the Wampanoag showed them how to reap a plentiful harvest, leading to a peaceful, bountiful meal.

David J. Silverman is a historian, author, and professor at George Washington University's Department of History. His essays have won major awards from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the New York Association of History.

In this book, Silverman contextualizes Thanksgiving in a narrative that focuses on Native Americans, showing how the holiday's underlying myths have been used to devalue indigenous culture and thus, history.

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"Though Americans eventually assumed that the Thanksgiving holiday and myth had marched in unbroken succession since 1621, those traditions were very much products of white Protestants, particularly northerners, asserting their cultural authority."

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