Right up there with the turkey as a symbol of the Thanksgiving holiday are the Pilgrims. Here's an old children's poem that appears in Our Holidays in Poetry, compiled by Mildred P. Harrington and Josephine H. Thomas [808.81 HAR]. The book was published in 1929, and the poem was originally published in 1919:
The Pilgrims Came
by Annette Wynne
The Pilgrims came across the sea,
And never thought of you and me;
And yet it's very strange the way
We think of them Thanksgiving Day.
We tell their story old and true
Of how they sailed across the blue,
And found a new land to be free
And built their homes quite near the sea.
Every child knows well the tale
Of how they bravely turned the sail,
And journeyed many a day and night,
To worship God as they thought right.
The people think that they were sad,
And grave; I'm sure that they were glad--
They made Thanksgiving Day--that's fun--
We thank the Pilgrims, every one!
What a highly romanticized tale we've woven about the Pilgrims! However, the real story is somewhat less appealing. Ric Burns, brother of Ken, and a documentary film-maker himself, visited the studio of "On Point" at WBUR in Boston to tell listeners what he learned had really happened. You can listen to the complete segment below:
Burns' documentary film The Pilgrims, will be shown on PBS next week.
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