I had one posted, but it sounded pretentious, so I deleted it.
But will y'all hold up in the stretch?
Pretty good post, Mat, but you debunk a meme that really doesn't seem to have very deep roots in recent decades. I remember from my own fifth grade (c. 1950) experience, while preparing for our Thanksgiving plays, some smartass kid saying, sotto voce so as not to upset the teacher, "Great, if you wasn't an Indian", which was not an unusual feeling for most of us to have. The myth of "good" Pilgrim was already eroding. The First Thanksgiving story has been well debunked by writers such as James Loewen many years ago.
On the other hand, there seems social value in those old stories that tell not how it WAS, but how it OUGHT to have been. Or maybe not. A well balanced essay on the question appears in the latest issue of In These Times by John Eicher (of whom I had never heard).
De mortuis nihil nisi bonum is not a good maxim for today. I goes back to ages when people feared the dead and assumed that deceased villains could exact vengeance on those who spoke ill of them. Glad to see Will back periodically.
I was only pretending to be insane. Pardon the satire or recalibrate your sarcasm meter.
Ordinance of Secession, Dec. 21, 1861, when SC, Phoenix-like, rose triumphant from the ashes of TYRANNY! Other memorable dates are available for mention.
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