Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Real Story of Thanksgiving

I heard this story several years ago and it amazes me that it isn't touted and taught more in school.

Bradford realized that the communal system encouraged and rewarded waste and laziness and inefficiency, and destroyed individual initiative. Desperate, he abolished it. He distributed private plots of land among the surviving Pilgrims, encouraging them to plant early and farm as individuals, not collectively. The results: a bountiful early harvest that saved the colonies. After the harvest, the Pilgrims celebrated with a day of Thanksgiving -- on August 9th.

"And now you know the rest of the story"

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