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Kelsey Jans History 201 Prof. Lamphier A review of James Loewen, “The Truth About The First Thanksgiving” In Lies My History Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American history Textbook Got Wrong (New York:1995) In James Loewen’s Lies My History Teacher Told Me , Loewen discusses what really happened during the first “Thanksgiving”. We were all taught that Plymouth Rock was where the Pilgrims had landed and then shared a feast (Thanksgiving) with the Native Americans of the area. However, this is a fable. Loewen describes what actually happened when the Pilgrims first landed at Plymouth. First of all, the chapter tells us about the first known encounters with the fisherman in 1617 who had begun a plague in America, then how the plague had affected the Indian tribes, the Pilgrim’s “good luck” or “wonderful plague” they encountered when they had arrived, how Squanto was introduced to the pilgrims how Squanto helped the pilgrims, and what really happened during the first Thanksgiving. In 1617, English and French Fishermen had encountered and met many Indians during their visit and transmitted diseases and illnesses to the Indians causing a plague. This plague had wiped out between 90% to 96% of all the Native American inhabitants. There were many corpses and the survivors had fled to a different area. These Indians believed that they had done something wrong to make the gods angry at them. They believed that their god had abandoned them. However, the English Separatists who had
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