When:
Thursday, Nov 18, 2021 6:00p -
7:00p

Where:
Online event
Central Library in Copley Square
Boston, MA 02117

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Admission:
FREE

Categories:
History, Lectures & Conferences, Virtual & Streaming

Event website:
https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/6144d9ad6f354f30007f765b

This program will be held on Zoom, and the link will be sent to attendees the afternoon of the event.


On the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, scholar David J. Silverman joins us for a discussion of his new book, which provides a glimpse into Plymouth colony's founding events, told for the first time with the Wampanoag people at the heart of the story.


In March 1621, when Plymouth's survival was hanging in the balance, the Wampanoag sachem (or chief) Ousamequin (Massasoit) and Plymouth's governor John Carver declared their people's friendship for each other and a commitment to mutual defense. Later that autumn, the English gathered their first successful harvest and lifted the specter of starvation. Ousamequin and 90 of his men then visited Plymouth for the “First Thanksgiving.” The treaty remained operative until King Philip's War in 1675, when 50 years of uneasy peace between the two parties would come to an end.


Four hundred years after that famous meal, historian David J. Silverman sheds a profound new light on the events that led to the creation—and bloody dissolution—of this alliance. Focusing on the Wampanoag Indians, Silverman deepens the narrative to consider tensions that developed well before 1620 and lasted long after the devastating war, tracing the Wampanoags' ongoing struggle for self-determination up to this very day.


This unsettling history reveals why some modern Native people hold a Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving, a holiday which celebrates a myth of colonialism and white proprietorship of the United States. This Land is Their Land shows that it is time to rethink how we, as a pluralistic nation, tell the history of Thanksgiving.


David J. Silverman is a professor at George Washington University, where he specializes in Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history. He is the author of Thundersticks, Red Brethren, Ninigret, and Faith and Boundaries. His essays have won major awards from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the New York Academy of History. He lives in Philadelphia.

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11/18/2021 18:00:00 11/18/2021 19:00:00 America/New_York This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving This program will be held on Zoom, and the link will be sent to attendees the afternoon of the event. On the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, scholar David J. Silverman joins us for ... Boston Public Library, Boston, MA 02117 false MM/DD/YYYY