The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson

In Analysis by Michael Rae

With Thanksgiving upon us once again, we offer a reminder of the economic lesson that made our first Thanksgiving possible:
The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson
by Benjamin Powell
Feast and football. That’s what many of us think about at Thanksgiving. Most people identify the origin of the holiday with the Pilgrims’ first bountiful harvest. But few understand how the Pilgrims actually solved their chronic food shortages.
Many people believe that after suffering through a severe winter, the Pilgrims’ food shortages were resolved the following spring when the Native Americans taught them to plant corn and a Thanksgiving celebration resulted. In fact, the pilgrims continued

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