This Land is Their Land | David Silverman
Presented by the History Book Festival
November 5 | 5 PM
The year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. This book looks at the Plymouth colony’s founding events through the eyes of the Wampanoag people, who have long contended that the tale of the first Thanksgiving that most Americans are familiar with is not history but a myth that sugar coats the viciousness of colonialism for Native peoples. The Pilgrims were not arriving at a desolate wilderness: in fact, human civilization in the Americas was as rich and ancient as in Europe. Personal stories and oral histories highlight the Wampanoags’ ongoing struggle for self-determination.