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0275_ Michael Medved The First Thanksgiving ~ Pilgrims, Puritans and the Founding of America – (MP3 Download or CDs) Total Run Time: 2hr, 46min

Donna Jack
November 24, 2017

The First Thanksgiving —
Pilgrims, Puritans
and the Founding of America

Recording by Michael Medved

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The picture above is from this site.

One minute, eleven second mp3 introduction to this audio
by Michael Medved

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0274 (Blogs 0270-0275 are all about Thanksgiving) – this one is a YouTube “The Lost Secrets of Thanksgiving”

Donna Jack
November 24, 2017

Yesterday, while celebrating Thanksgiving with one of our sons and his family — and after visiting on the phone with our son who was in Japan yesterday — our local daughter-in-law showed us a YouTube.  At my request, she emailed me the link last night.  You can watch it below:

The 9-minute YouTube is “The Lost Secrets of Thanksgiving.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peEUb107T7U

The above video is about the people we call the Pilgrims, and the Separatists that accompanied them when they set sail for Virginia from Holland, aboard the Mayflower.   The Mayflower ended up much farther north than had been planned — just off Cape Cod.  Even though they had gone so far off course, they believed that God had taken them there.  They named the area Plimoth (Plymouth).

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0273_Excerpt from “Of Plimoth Plantation” by William Bradford_ first Pilgrim Thanksgiving_ How to purchase “The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America” (495 pages of original source documents)_Other resoruces_ YouTube

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. Continue reading

0272_What’s the Truth About the First Thanksgiving? Transcript & YouTube by Michael Medved

Donna Jack
November 22, 2017

What’s the Truth About the First Thanksgiving?

1.8M Views
Nov 13, 2017

Should Americans celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude? Or should they mourn it as a day of guilt? Michael Medved, author of The American Miracle, shares the fascinating story of the first Thanksgiving.

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Food, football, and…oppression. That’s what Thanksgiving has come to mean to many Americans.

Back in 2007, Seattle public school officials made national news by describing the holiday as a “time of mourning” and a “bitter reminder of 500 years of betrayal.”

This new narrative describes the Pilgrims as arrogant oppressors who fled persecution only to become persecutors themselves, depriving Native Americans of their land and their lives.

But this is wrong on every count.

First of all, the Pilgrims didn’t cross the ocean to flee persecution—or even England. They’d been living for over a decade in Holland, Europe’s most tolerant nation, and a haven for religious dissenters. Free from interference by the Church of England, they feared seduction—not persecution, worrying that their children would be corrupted by the materialistic Dutch culture.

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0271_An abbreviated abstract of history of Thanksgiving in America_and the 1789 Proclamation signed by Pres. George Washington, setting aside Thurs. Nov. 26 as “A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer”

Donna Jack
Nov. 22, 2017

Abstract of the First Thanksgiving 1789_Thanksgiving Proclamation by Pres. George Washington

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
We have much to thank God for.

Below you can read an abbreviated version of an abstract concerning the observance of Thanksgiving.  [Source for most of the version is:  https://www.varsitytutors.com/earlyamerica/firsts/first-thanksgiving-observance ]

The observance of Thanksgiving in America, began with the colonists of Plymouth Plantation in the fall of 1621.  In 1671  there was a proclamation in Massachusetts to observe Thanksgiving.  The observance of a day of Thanksgiving spread through the colonies, and during the 1700’s, Thanksgiving Day was observed as a day of fasting and praying.

In 1789 President George Washington made the first national proclamation setting aside one specific day in 1789 (Thursday, November 16) as “A Day of Publick Thanksgiving Prayer.”

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation, making the fourth Tuesday of November a national holiday.  It was the first time Thanksgiving became an annual national holiday.

Then in 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to move Thanksgiving a week earlier to benefit businesses, but was pressured into keeping it in the fourth week of November — so it was moved in 1941 to the fourth Thursday each November, as it is today.

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Attached you will find an Abstract of the above history.   Attached and below you can read the actual Thanksgiving Proclamation by Pres. George Washington Oct 14, 1789.

Presl Proclamation_cropped_The Massachusetts Centinel, Wed, October 14, 1789_picture_only pict copySource for picture above and proclamation below: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789
https://www.varsitytutors.com/earlyamerica/firsts/thanksgiving-proclamation
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0270_Phyllis Schlafly archive: In 1789, President George Washington gave us Thanksgiving, the 4th Thurs. in Nov._to thank God for giving Americans “an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Donna Jack
November 21, 2017    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Other blogs with information by and about Phyllis Schlafly: 0133 and 0227

Words from Jordan Henry’s introduction to Phyllis Schlafly’s 2002 article: 

” As Phyllis Schlafly put it, ‘George Washington was history’s indispensable man. It’s no exaggeration to say that, without his leadership, we would not have a United States of America.’  He even gave us the gift of a Thanksgiving holiday by issuing a proclamation in 1789 making the last Thursday in November ‘a day of public thanksgiving and prayer’ on which Americans should thank Almighty God for granting ‘an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.’”

[Note:   “Abraham Lincoln . . .  supported legislation making it a national holiday in 1863. America was in the middle of its bloody Civil War at the time and Lincoln hoped the new holiday would unify the bitterly divided country. The holiday was finally a success and Thanksgiving has continued ever since.”    from:  http://historyofmassachusetts.org/the-first-thanksgiving/  ]

Cheap AP college credit — but at what price? — ignorance of
America’s marvelous heritage.

In our public schools (K-12) and universities, students are taught that the only important thing to know about George Washington is that “he owned slaves.”  They don’t learn ANYTHING about him, his exceptional leadership before and during the Revolutionary War, his strong Christian faith, his time as first President of the United States, the love and admiration that he earned, or the great example he was throughout his life.

AP US History adds to this ignorance of American History

To learn about AP (Advanced Placement) U.S. History in public schools, see Blogs 0013, 0015, 0061, 0069, 0235 .  Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History is an anti-American curriculum.  AP is highly rated in public school circles, and coveted by parents, who get cheap college credit for their children who pass AP courses.  Through AP US History, students are dishonestly taught to hate America.

Phyllis’ report:
“The Premier American Hero — George Washington.” 

Below is a 2002 report from Phyllis Schlafly, preceded by a 2017 introduction by Jordan Henry, director of research for Phyllis Schlafly Eagles.

Here link directly to email with her 2002 article, and introduction by Jordan Henry.
Or link only to her 2002 article here.

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Ed Martin, President | Helen Marie Taylor, Chairman | John Schlafly, Treasurer

May 2002:
THE MAN WHO MADE OUR ‘UNIQUE AMERICAN HOLIDAY.’
By Jordan T. Henry, Director of Research

It goes without saying that we Americans have a lot to be thankful for. For starters, we live in the greatest nation on the planet. Let’s also not forget that we enjoy the freedom and liberty secured in our unprecedented United States Constitution. In a few short days, we can also be thankful for a time to spend with family and loved ones reflecting on God’s bounty in our lives. Each of these blessings should remind us of one man to whom every American owes a debt of gratitude. That man, who is being systematically removed from the public sphere, was passionately defended in the May 2002 Phyllis Schlafly Report. His name is George Washington. Continue reading