It should hardly come as a surprise that much of the American History you learned in school was sanitized and spun to serve the party line. From editorial tweaks to Nathan Hale’s speech from the gallows, to a young George Washington’s fabled toss of a then-nonexistent coin, to politically-inspired mischaracterizations of Shays’ and the Whisky Rebellions, it should be clear some liberties have been taken in educating our citizens. In some cases, the distortion field created by these historical revisions can lead to a very skewed view of our past.

Thanksgiving, it would appear, is one such event-turned-fable. In a brief departure from the usual focus of this publication on matters related to paddlesport, I offer you Talking Points Memorandum’s take on this timely matter: