24 November 2004

Top 10 Myths About Thanksgiving

Courtesy of Rick Shenkman, one of the editors at History News Network.
  1. The Pilgrims Held the First Thanksgiving

    To see what the first Thanksgiving was like you have to go to Texas.

  2. Thanksgiving Was About Family

    If it had been about family, the Pilgrims never would have invited the Indians to join them.

  3. Thanksgiving Was About Religion

    No it wasn't. Paraphrasing the answer provided above, if Thanksgiving had been about religion, the Pilgrims never would have invited the Indians to join them.

  4. The Pilgrims Ate Turkey

    No one knows if they had turkey, although they were used to eating turkey. The only food we know they had for sure was deer.

  5. The Pilgrims Landed on Plymouth Rock

    According to historian George Willison, who devoted his life to the subject, the story about the rock is all malarkey, a public relations stunt pulled off by townsfolk to attract attention.

  6. Pilgrims Lived in Log Cabins

    The log cabin did not appear in America until late in the seventeenth century, when it was introduced by Germans and Swedes.

  7. Pilgrims Dressed in Black

    Not only did they not dress in black, they did not wear those funny buckles, weird shoes, or black steeple hats.

  8. Pilgrims, Puritans -- Same Thing

    The Pilgrims came over on the Mayflower and lived in Plymouth. The Puritans, arriving a decade later, settled in Boston.

  9. Puritans Hated Sex

    Actually, they welcomed sex as a God-given responsibility.

  10. Puritans Hated Fun

    Actually, the Puritans welcomed laughter and dressed in bright colors (or, to be precise, the middle and upper classes dressed in bright colors; members of the lower classes were not permitted to indulge themselves -- they dressed in dark clothes).