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 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. Tracy joins us.
Robert Tracy McKenzie
Robert Tracy McKenzie is the author of Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War and One South or Many? Plantation Belt and Upcountry in Civil War-Era Tennessee. He holds the History department chair at Wheaton College and is a former history professor at University of Washington. Tracy blogs about faith and American History at faithandamericanhistory.wordpress.com
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