Sen. Wednesday Addams: 'Point of order!'
One of the things that isn't taught is that some 75% of the natives of what is now Canada and the USA died between 1492 and 1776 without ever seeing or coming into contact with Europeans. (A friend of mine, a Marxist history professor that I went to college with, has said that that the earlier boundary may be set back to 1450 or so, as there is vague evidence that there may have been contact between natives and European fishermen working the Grand Banks, most likely Portuguese, before Columbus arrived in the West Indies.) The natives in the areas of New England and the Canadian Maritimes were almost literally decimated, and plague spread south and west, weakening native tribes, making it easier for Europeans to dominate them, particularly once they ran up against the Europeans' technological advantages (horses, metal smelting, and gunpowder).
I "read" them the best way - listened to her reading the audiobooks.
What's weird is who the best-known politician from Arkansas - some fcking hippie Rhodes Scholar guy.
Did those Englishders even speak the local language?
“Senator Cotton the painted his hand brown, except for red and yellow on his thumb. He held it up with his fingers splayed and went ‘Gobble, gobble, gobble,’ much to the amusement of Mitch McConnell of Cainland.”
Wait till Cotton learns it’s also a myth that Trump bought Manhattan with a bunch of beads.
But no mention of Santa Fe (Nueva Mexico) which was settled a decade or so before Plymouth Rock. And occupied long before that by those already living in the vicinity.
See also Pueblo Revolt. Possibly greatest defeat of the colonial powers.
The Mayflower Compact had profit as its raison d'etre. I've read the charter.
As a wee girl growing up in Minnesota I would bounce up and down on the couch at the part where Wednesday, having strapped the "pilgrim" girl to a stake, pulled the lighter out of her headband and the Addam's family theme started playing.
Don't forget one reason the Dutch wanted them gone was because they kept beating up Quakers...
Hey, that's Harmony! Bite her, and she'll bite you back!
If you don't adore, swallow whole, and perpetuate our America's mythical, feel-good version of history, YOU HATE THIS COUNTRY.
They came into contact with the Spanish long before the English, and yes, they did die in the millions before the Mayflower.
Will Tom venerate the pilgrims when Christmas comes along? You know they just HATED Christmas, right? They even made it illegal, fined celebrants, and called them Satanists. https://uploads.disquscdn.c...
I knew that and so do most informed people like you and me, but I'd place a small bet that Tom Cotton doesn't - or much of anything else.My view of the early Massachusetts Puritan settlers is jaundiced and sour. Almost as much as they were. Could we get rid of the notion forever that they came to America looking for religious freedom? They didn't. They left a country where the Church of England was the official cult and others were repressed, in order to found a community overseas ... where their religious beliefs would be the official cult and others would be harshly repressed.As for Christmas, they detested it because they saw it as a pagan solstice feast that had been grafted on to Christianity (Roman Saturnalia and Norse Yule were both held at the winter solstice). They were right. That's just what it was. The date had been shifted around to December 25th eventually as calendars were adjusted and errors made, but the birth date of Jesus was celebrated then, officially, and the pagan feast taken over by the new faith. Nobody knew, then or now, the date of Jesus's actual birth.Aside from Thanksgiving, of course, the Puritans are best remembered for the Salem witch trials, and while their war against the Narragansett and Wampanoag native Americans is less well remembered, it ought to get a mention in school history classes and be at least as well known. The Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples were almost completely wiped out; some of the surviving men were sold in Barbados as slaves. The Mohicans were stupid enough to fight as the Puritan's allies, against their traditional enemies. A lot of good that did them in the end.