History Matters: Murder of Natives by Myles Standish

History Matters: Murder of Natives by Myles Standish

Following the captain’s “terrifying whirlwind of violence,” Philbrick writes that Standish carried the head of Wituwamat back to New Plymouth. His soldiers were “received with joy.” Hailed as a hero, Standish mounted the severed head of the Indian warrior on a pole and displayed it on the roof of the fort.

Thanksgiving Is Another Reminder

Thanksgiving Is Another Reminder

In a December 1862 letter to the Senate, President Abraham Lincoln ordered the execution of 39 Sioux citizens. …
Ten months later, Lincoln signed another letter. This one was a proclamation: As of October 3, 1863, the president, hoping to bring a symbolic sense of calm and joy to a nation torn in two by the still-raging Civil War, declared the fourth Thursday in November to be “a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”

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