Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving and Genocide

Happy Thanksgiving.

As my children came home from school with paper pilgrims' hats and "Indian" headbands with feathers, I winced, I groaned, and I kept silent. They are 4 and 6. It's not time yet.

But here's a serious question, asking as both historian and parent, in lieu of a longer post on this busy day:

Can you talk about the origins of Thanksgiving, to children, without discussing genocide?  What about the religious bigotry of the early Protestant settlers?

I'm not so sure.