20 Sep Assignment #3 – More Misconceptions About Histor
Assignment #3 – More Misconceptions About History Step 1: Watch – “Monumental Myths” onlinehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQIMrw8gSVQ&feature=emb_titleStep 2: Read – ‘The Truth About the First Thanksgiving,’from the book Lies My Teacher Told Me (file below)Step 3: Complete the Discussion Board Discussion Prompt: Are you beginning to understand just how much is left out ofour histories?From early childhood, we are taught about this brave group ofindividuals who courageously set out to find a new life for themselvesin the ‘New World.’ A life where they could be free to worship andlive as they chose…and when they got here they had to labor and toilday and night in the midst of an inhospitable and unfamiliar land. Luckily,however, the kindly natives befriended them and helped them survivetheir first winter here in their new home. And when harvest time camethe following year, they all sat down together at the table ofbrotherhood holding hands, enjoying the fruits of their labor and singingKum Ba Yah….Does this sound about right?The Pilgrims… a small group of people we thought were seeking religiousfreedom when they came to this country…we thought they weresimply an example of moral, upstanding, Christian leaders responsiblefor much of the foundational ten- ants which lay at the core of thiscountry… or were they? What have you learned about this group ofpeople now that you’ve read Loewen’s chapter?Some of the issues I find interesting about this group:• They were not seeking religious freedom when they came, theyhad already found it…in the Netherlands.• They may have hijacked the Mayflower…and in today’s language,what do we usually call a group of people who hijack a ship orplane?• When they got here, they did not have to ‘tame’ the wilderness…where did they actually settle? In Squanto’s old village. Thehomes were already built, crops planted…• When they got here what did they do immediately? Begin lookingfor gold….• And they looked in some of the most interesting places…likegraves.• Because they began immediately looking for gold and notpreparing themselves for the months ahead they get themselvesin a predicament…and many resort to cannibalism….yes,cannibalism .Many of us remember the Thanksgiving plays we participated in aschildren in elementary school…where we made the construction paperhats with the big buckles and buckles for our shoes, or theconstruction paper feather head- dresses…or how we would trace theoutline of our hand onto our drawing paper with our crayons andmagically it would morph itself into a turkey…we spend much, muchtime and energy on this ‘creation’ story….Shouldn’t we include some smallpox ravaged natives, complete withblistering pustules, to represent the 90% of the entire Native Americanpopulation (in the North and South American continents) wiped out bydisease? After all, this is part of the Pilgrims’ story isn’t it?Shouldn’t we include the story of Metacom’s War (named after theson of the original Native American leader who helped the Pilgrims)and all of the ghastly things done to Metacom? His being drawn andquartered by the Pilgrims, them cutting off his hands and putting themon display in Boston, and removing his head and taking it back toPlymouth to mount it atop a big, long stick in the middle of town squarewhere it would remain on display for 25 years? I kid you not….Should we not include slavery? As the Puritans were one of the mainNorth American contributors to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade-aninstitution responsible for the loss of 50 million people from Africathrough enslavement and death?Why do we spend so much time on this group of people in school?Perhaps even more importantly, why do we spend so much time onthis Disney-esque version of the Pilgrims? What purpose, what lesson,do you believe studying the Pilgrims in this way serves? 1. Post an initial response to these questions of at least 150 words.