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Donna Jack
Thanksgiving Day
November 23, 2017

One sentence from Bradford’s account of their first Thanksgiving –
after fasting and praying all day for rain – and then receiving rain after drought!
“And he [God] was pleased to give them a gracious and speedy answer,
both to their own, and the Indian’s admiration, that lived amongst them.”

In the excerpts that you will find later in this blog piece, you can read William Bradford’s account about what led up to their first thanksgiving celebration.  Bradford was governor of Plymouth Plantation for 37 years, up until his death.

[A note:  The group that left Holland were not leaving because of persecution there, but rather because of their well-founded fear that in Holland, their children would be indoctrinated away from their Christian faith.  The reason that urged them to leave all they had, and make such a dangerous journey across the ocean to a new land — was their strong desire to protect the souls of their children.

Watch this short 6-minute YouTube produced by Prager University, about the First Thanksgiving.]

The excerpts later in this blog post, are from a book called:  The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America published by Verna M. Hall:  Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE).  The YouTube below gives information about FACE, and it is also found on their website).
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FACE – the publishers of
The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America

The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America

Many years ago, when I was home-schooling my children, someone gave me a copy of The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America.

For over 25 years I regularly gave programs in Colorado.  Every Thanksgiving season, I shared William Bradford’s account printed in this book, and below.

At the end of this blog (after William Bradford’s account) you can find out more about the book, about the publishers, how to purchase it, and how to purchase other books they publish.

What is unique about this book?  How is it superior to
most of the material taught in our public schools?

Not only does this book extensively cover the Christian history of our Constitution, but it has the text of original source documents.  That is far superior to what is done in almost all of our public schools (and even most private schools).  In most schools (pre-school through 12th, and colleges and universities) students only read or are told “reports” and “interpretations” of history — and sadly, the history is usually given from the viewpoint of people who hate our country and its Christian foundations.

One example of this viewpoint of hatred that is found in too much of the teaching materials of public schools:  Howard Zinn’s U.S. history book that talks of history from 1491 to present.  (Zinn’s book was a main American history text for one of my sons who attended the Colorado School of Mines.)  Zinn is also one of the primary resources for regular American History classes, and AP (Advanced Placement) classes in our schools.  From the very beginning of Zinn’s American history book, his hatred for the United States and all of it’s Christian foundations, is evident.  His hatred taints and distorts what he says and writes.  His influence in this country is considerable.

At the end of this blog, find how you can learn more about The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America, its publishers, how to purchase the book, and also how to purchase other resources they provide.

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[Note:  Below, I divided William Bradford’s account into 3 paragraphs.
The original was one continuous text.]

Excerpts from “Of Plimoth Plantation” by William Bradford
Of the first Pilgrim Thanksgiving and events leading to it – written 1647
Taken from: The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America*
pp.
176, 215

          [Introduction to Bradford’s account – p. 176]

” William Bradford was chosen governor after the death of Carver, a few months after the arrival at Plymouth.  He had left England for Holland with the rest of the Scrooby church, when he was 18.  When he was first chosen governor of Plymouth Colony, he was still a young man, and ruled as governor almost continuously for thirty seven years until his death.

“He wrote the following account in 1647, several years after the event of their first Thanksgiving.  I have replaced &  with and, ye with the and changed some spellings to be able to read this smoothly.  The exact text is typed on the next page.”  [Note:  I hope to post the exact text in the future.]

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p. 215            “I may not here omit how, notwithstanding all their great pains and industry, and the great hopes of a large crop, the Lord seemed to blast, and take away the same, and to threaten further and more sore famine unto them, by a great drought which continued from the third week in May, til about the middle of July, without any rain, and with great heat (for the most part), insomuch as the corn began to wither away, though it was set with fish, the moisture whereof helped it much.

“Yet at length it began to languish sore, and some of the drier grounds were parched with withered hay, part that was never recovered. Upon which they set apart a solemn day of jubilation, to seek the Lord by humble and fervent prayer, in this great distress. And he was pleased to give them a gracious and speedy answer, both to their own, and the Indian’s admiration, that lived amongst them.

“For all the morning, and greatest part of the day, it was clear weather and very hot, and not a cloud or any sign of rain to be seen, yet toward evening it began to overcast, and shortly after to rain, with such sweet and gentle showers, as gave them cause of rejoicing, and blessing God.  It came, without either wind, or thunder, or any violence, and by degrees in great abundance, so the earth was thoroughly wet and soaked by it.  Which did so apparently revive and quicken the decayed corn and other fruits, as was wonderful to see, and made the Indians astonished to behold; and afterwards the Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with enterchange of fair warm weather, as, through his blessing, caused a fruitful and liberal harvest, to their no small comfort and rejoicing.  For which mercy (in time convenient) they also set apart a day of thanksgiving.  This being overslept in its place, I thought it proper to insert it here…”

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As originally written by Governor William Bradford:
Excerpt from “Of Plimoth Plantation” by William Bradford
Of the first Pilgrim Thanksgiving and events leading to it – written 1647
Taken from: The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America

 p. 215   “I may not here omite how, notwithstand all their great paines & industrie, and ye great hops of a large cropp, the Lord seemed to blast, & take away the same, and to threaten further & more sore famine unto them, by a great drought which continued from ye 3. weeke in May, till about ye midle of July, without any raine, and with great heat (for ye most parte), insomuch as ye corne begane to wither away, though it was set with fishe, the moysture wherof helped it much.  Yet at length it begane to languish sore, and some of ye drier grounds were partched like withered hay, part whereof was never recovered.  Upon which they sett a parte a solemne day of humiliation, to seek ye Lord by humble & fervente prayer, in this great distrese.  And he was pleased to give them a gracious & speedy answer, both to their owne, & the Indeans admiration, that lived amongst them.  For all ye morning, and greatest part of the day, it was clear weather & very hotte, and not a cloud or any signe of raine to be seen, yet toward evening it begane to overcast, and shortly after to raine, with shuch sweete and gentle showers, as gave them cause of rejoyceing, & blessing God.  It came, without either wind, or thunder, or any violence, and by degreese in yt abundance, as that ye earth was thorowly wete and soked therwith.  Which did so apparently revive & quicken ye decayed corne & other fruits, as was wonderfull to see, and made ye Indeans astonished to behold; and afterwards the Lord sent them shuch seasonable showers, with enterchange of faire warme weather, as, through his blessing, caused a fruitfull & liberall harvest, to their no small comforte and rejoycing.  For which mercie (in time conveniente) they also sett aparte a day of thanksgiveing.  This being overslipt in its place, I thought meet here to inserte ye same…”

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END of material quoted from The Christian History of The Constitution of the United Stated of America
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