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Published on Nov 26, 2014
Victor Robert Venckus interviews Connie Baxter Marlow and Andrew Cameron Bailey on "Expanding Awareness" WZBC 90.3 in Boston about their research and perspective on the 1621 harvest gathering known as The First Thanksgiving.
Bailey and Marlow correct many mis-conceptions and look at the First 50 Years of Peace and Friendship between the Mayflower Pilgrims and Pokanoket Wampanoag Indians as one of a series of events that led to American democracy and the American mind and spirit.
1.The November 11, 1620 signing of the Mayflower Compact aboard the Mayflower committing the Pilgrims to a civil government of self-determination with equal and just laws serving the common good.
2. The Peace Treaty between the Pilgrims and the Pokanoket Wampanoag Indians that lasted 54 years on March 22, 1621, the Spring Equinox.
3. The harvest celebration of the fall of 1621 in which the Pilgrims and Indians feasted and played games for three days.
4. Intercultural exchange over 54 years of friendship between the Pilgrims and Indians with the prevailing "Plymouth Paradigm" during which the Indians were considered equal subjects of King James with the rights afforded all.