The Great Thanksgiving Myth


According to Richard Maybury with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, the popular Thanksgiving story we celebrate today is largely mythological. The harvest of 1621 in Plymouth Colony was not a bountiful one, and the Pilgrims who survived the deadly winter of 1620-21 did not live happily ever after. The real story is a witness to the absolute failure of socialism, and the miraculous prosperity that appeared in 1623 after the Pilgrims adopted free-market capitalism.
The popular thanksgiving story we celebrate today is a myth. The harvest of 1621 in Plymouth Colony was not a bountiful one, and the Pilgrims did not live happily ever after. The real story is a witness to the absolute failure of socialism, and the miraculous prosperity which appeared in 1623 after the Pilgrims adopted capitalism.

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