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Palo Alto celebration features pilgrim's diary

Original post made on Nov 22, 2011

Almost four centuries have passed since the first Thanksgiving. On Tuesday (Nov. 22) night a Palo Alto gathering will recall the words and thoughts of Mayflower pilgrim leader William Bradford.

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Posted by Plymouth-Rock-Or-Bust
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 22, 2011 at 6:30 am

Given that the Plymouth Colony was driven by men keen on separating from "the establishment" of English religious authority, to find themselves creating another "authority" based on zealotism, and intolerance, one can only wonder just how much "wisdom" there can be in thinking of these people.

The Wiki-page on the Plymouth Colony provides more detail that people are provided in public school history:

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One particularly interesting outcome of the social engineering of the "managers" of the early colony was to come face-to-face with the failure of "communalism":

From the Wiki-page:

Plymouth Colony has been cited as an illustration of the benefits to productivity gained when comparing a communal system to that of a free market system. With the change in law to allow each laborer to keep the food he grew, productivity received an enormous boost, taking the colony out of starvation. Once again when land was given over to ownership by the working people, production increased significantly.

This outcome rarely is discussed in public history presentations. It will be interesting if this seeming foray into politics at this church will also include this key outcome from the experiences of the Plymouth Colony? Another bit of history that is rarely found in public history texts is that Christmas was banned, by law, in this colony for a while, also.

All in all, living in the Plymouth Colony was probably not a lot of fun.

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Posted by Carlito Waysman
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

And then the slaughter of native Americans started.

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