LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanksgiving after 400 years | Letters to the Editor

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This year marks the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims; first Thanksgiving in America, and although Pilgrims are probably best known today for the Thanksgiving holiday tradition, their true legacy goes far beyond.

The Pilgrims wrote the first American document of civil government; the Mayflower Compact. They introduced and successfully demonstrated many concepts, such as local self-government, a free market / free enterprise economic system, racial equality, religious freedom, education for all children, protection of conscience religious rights, due process rights and many more. The pilgrims made sure that their civil authorities did not run the church. This guaranteed religious freedom and ended government control over the church.

Pilgrims tried socialism in their early years, but were greatly frustrated by the many shortages it created. Socialism at the start of Jamestown (1607) failed miserably.

The American witch trials of 1692-1693 ended because of these Christian leaders.

The pilgrims did not take the land from the natives, but rather bought it at the price these people accepted.

While the settlers of Jamestown “professed” Christians, the Pilgrims were Biblical Christians. Pilgrims were serious Bible students. CHARISMA Magazine, November 2021, from The American Story, by David and Tim Barton on wallbuilders.com.

American history should always teach the truth – that is, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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