This lecture takes another look at this great American tradition – viewing it from two points of view: from the Pilgrims and the Native Americans.
Having lived ‘just down the road’ from the wonderful ‘Plimoth Plantation’, Sue Russell is able to produce pictures of what it was really like, back in 1621 – in contrast with those 19th century paintings that ‘sold’ a totally different picture of what went on.
Whilst experiencing some very happy Thanksgivings in America, Sue wishes to separate fact from fiction in her Thanksgiving presentation, history being all too often ‘sugar-coated’ to make it more palatable to us later. Whilst tracing the beginnings of colonisation in the New World Sue points out the reality of ‘Indian’ treatment – of those who were actually ‘there first’ i.e. the indigenous population – examining the legacy which remains contentious to this day.
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