I touched loosely on this once but not enough to ever fully get into the details I needed to, so this fail is dedicated to what point of view and limited scope we are taught without being educated on the full scope. Of course, I'm talking about Thanksgiving.
Oh yes, now they teach that there was more than one event and no one event can be placed as “the one,” but as young ones, we are taught of the valiant pilgrims fleeing religious oppression and founding the Plymouth rock colony. Sure, it's all well and good but how well do people, moreover kids, even understand what history teaches? Or is it more important to give half truths?
The wars between two different branches of Christendom in the UK, namely the Protestant and Catholics is well known to most of us. Too few however understand just how heavily this plagued the monarchy. “Well this is 'Merica not the UK stupid.” Alright, except there was no U.S. then this is where WE came from.
This is STILL our history. From 1455–1485, there was rampant turmoil between the Lancasters and York over political ideas, ideas of class and division of wealth and power over the British empire. These also carried with them the hand of different religious views as well.
While in the end of the wars of the roses saw the rise of the Tudor Dynasty, it did not fully end there, Henry the 8th inherited many of the old feuds as he applied sweeping changes. One was to separate the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church his father had made deals with.
Yet he was very tolerant of others and actually was quite welcoming to seeing churches adapt and adopt facets of each other. This did not sit well with a rather strict, puritan rivals. His children also inherited this, Elisabeth and her cousin Mary.
At the end of the day the “oppression, prosecution” being fled from as we are taught was not really there beyond a rage quit from several failed generations attempting to enforce strict puritan take-overs of the Monarchy. While the Rule of James the 1st Was indeed one filled with horrors (again from those who actually know history), the motion had been set long before the actual landing.
IT was never an issue of freedom. It was a matter of control. Was I as detailed as I think I should have been? No, it's a blog, and to be honest, I'd much rather people take the initiative and learn more on their own. I'm fine with teaching a symbolic theme, such as togetherness. It's another thing when history gets skewed.