Mailing List:2000-11-22 07, Re: Whitney Thanksgiving, by J. Michael Poston

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From: "Mike and Annette Poston" <poston -at-> Subject: Re: [WHITNEY-L] Whitney Thanksgiving Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 12:53:23 -0500 References: <00ec01c054b0$2a9d40e0$588d90c6@oemcomputer> I'm getting ancient, it's true, but even I wasn't present in Jamestown. I added that bit of nonesense to stir the pot a bit. Virginians get quite huffy when non-Virginians blythely assume that the Pilgrims had a lock on the first Thanksgiving. Apparently, Jamestown offered one in 1608 or 1609--I don't know exactly. Of course, the Pilgrims have the better story and have had the better PR people, after all. In many respects, an argument can be made that the New England settlements were more successful over all. Virginia's approach to settlement was generally land oriented, whereas New England's was town oriented. By that I mean that New England's political organization was much more democratic (small "d") with each town having real control over its own life. Virginia seems to have been more autocratic and elitist in the beginning, although some would argue that has not changed. I had best leave this discussion there, else I will be surely skewered by someone who has more knowledge, sharper wit, or shorter fuse. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Mike Poston Rockville, Maryland [What was on the Jamestown menu? Grits, for sure, and maybe crow.] ----Original Message---- > Dear Mike, > I do not think I said the first Thanksgiving was in Plymouth. > I was wondering, what was on your Thanksgiving table in Jamestown? > Thank you for any information you can share, > Maureen

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