First Thanksgiving What the Real Story Tells Us about Loving God and Learning from History

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Description: The Pilgrims' celebration of the first Thanksgiving is a keystone of America's national and spiritual identity. But is what we've been taught about them or their harvest feast what actually happened? And if not, what difference does it make? Through  More...

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List price: $18.00
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 9/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 219
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

The Pilgrims' celebration of the first Thanksgiving is a keystone of America's national and spiritual identity. But is what we've been taught about them or their harvest feast what actually happened? And if not, what difference does it make? Through the captivating story of the birth of this quintessentially American holiday, veteran historian Tracy McKenzie helps us to better understand the tale of America's origins—and for Christians, to grasp the significance of this story and those like it. McKenzie avoids both idolizing and demonizing the Pilgrims, and calls us to love and learn from our flawed yet fascinating forebears.The First Thanksgiving is narrative history at its best, and promises to be an indispensable guide to the interplay of historical thinking and Christian reflection on the meaning of the past for the present.

Robert Tracy McKenzie (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is professor and chair of the department of history at Wheaton College, where he teaches courses in U.S. history, the Civil War and historiography. McKenzie is the author of two award-winning monographs: One South or Many? Plantation Belt and Upcountry in Civil-War Era Tennessee (Cambridge, 1994) and Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War (Oxford, 2009). He has also written numerous scholarly reviews and articles including "Don't Forget the Church: Reflections on the Forgotten Dimension of Our Dual Calling" in the book Confessing History: Christian Faith and the Historian's Vocation (Notre Dame, 2010).

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Looking Underneath the House: The Evidence the Pilgrims Left Us
Remembering Odbody's Axiom: The Pilgrims' Historical Contexts
Pursuing Authentic Education: Thinking About What the Pilgrims Wanted
Finding Heroes, Not Idols: Following the Pilgrims to America
Seeing Rhinos, Not Unicorns: The Strangeness of the Pilgrims
Discarding False Memories: The Real Story of the First Thanksgiving
Understanding Revisionism: How the First Thanksgiving Has Changed over Time
Receiving Gifts from the Past: The Search for Larger Meaning
Suggested Reading
Notes
Image Credits
Index

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