'This Land Is Their Land' -- The Real History Of Thanksgiving | KALW

'This Land Is Their Land' -- The Real History Of Thanksgiving

Nov 27, 2019

 On this edition of Your Call, Professor David Silverman will discuss his new book, This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving.

Americans tell themselves a patriotic story about the supposed first Thanksgiving which treats colonization as a consensual bloodless affair. The Wampanoags say this myth sugarcoats the viciousness of colonialism. Professor Silverman tells the story from their perspective. 

Guest:

David Silverman, professor at George Washington University specializing in Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history, and author of several books, including Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America and Red Brethren: The Brothertown and Stockbridge Indians and the Problem of Race in Early America 

Web Resources:

The New Yorker: The Invention of Thanksgiving

The Boston Globe: 'This Land is Their Land' a sobering correction of the Thanksgiving myth

Smithsonian: The Myths of Thanksgiving Story and the Lasting Damage They Imbue