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Governor Phil Bryant | The 400th Anniversary of the First Thanksgiving Day — Celebrating our Sacred Traditions, Affirming Religious Faith, and the Blessings of Family and Freedom | A Special Edition in Partnership with America First Policy Institute's Center for 1776

November 24th, 2021

Governor Phil Bryant joins America’s Roundtable co-hosts Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy with an inspiring message, as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day with family and friends and reflect on the 400th Anniversary of the First Thanksgiving Day in the autumn of 1621.

Phil Bryant served as the 64th governor of Mississippi and currently serves on the leadership board of the International Leaders Summit and Jerusalem Leaders Summit as well as a Senior Advisor for the America First Policy’s Center for 1776.

In light of the aggressive elements of the American Left making relentless attempts to eliminate or alter America’s annual feast of Thanksgiving, the discussion focuses on the historical facts surrounding the first Thanksgiving Day in 1621 and the significance of religious faith, sacred traditions and the spirit of thankfulness, giving and unity.

The extraordinary setting of 53 Pilgrims, the early settlers of Massachusetts, joined by 90 Native American warriors in a Thanksgiving feast that lasted for three days are brought to the forefront with the ties forged between the Pilgrims and the region’s most important Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag tribe.

Why was this a defining moment in the American Founding, what was the sense of purpose presented by the Pilgrims that left an imprint on the national character? What did they see as their responsibilities in the New World?

Take a listen to the answers to these questions and much more in this special Thanksgiving Day edition in partnership with the America First Policy Institute’s Center for 1776.

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Further reading:

Brief excerpt from an article published by Michael Medved: “Reshaping Thanksgiving Into a Festival of Guilt" | Link:

"An American Perspectives survey from the early months of 2021 showed a majority who agree with the statement that “the American way of life is superior to others, and the world would be much better off if more countries adopted American values.” An even higher percentage (73%) agreed that “the US has always been a force for good in the world.”

“Even more surprising, considering the widely reported retreat of conventional religious faith, 45% still aver that “God has granted the country a special role in human history.”

“As we assemble for our Thanksgiving celebrations across the country, may God give us strength to continue that role, and to honor our nation’s past while confirming the determination to keep improving on it.”

The Wall Street Journal:
 “Don’t Let Ideologues Steal Thanksgiving” by Melanie Kirkpatrick


Brief excerpt:
“There are many myths surrounding the First Thanksgiving, but the essential facts are these: In the late summer or autumn of 1621, 52 English men, women and children gathered together with 90 Wampanoag warriors for a three-day feast at what is now Plymouth, Mass. The English were the survivors of the 102 Pilgrims who had sailed on the Mayflower the previous year. The Wampanoag were the indigenous residents of the land on which the English settled and the generous people whose practical assistance made it possible for the newcomers to thrive. The two peoples signed a peace treaty, which lasted for half a century.

“The central similarity between the First Thanksgiving and every subsequent one is something less tangible: a spirit of gratitude. This year, as we mark four centuries of Thanksgivings, Americans will do what we have always done since that original feast: We will express our gratitude with acts of hospitality and charity. Many of us will offer prayers of thanks to the Almighty, however we define him. In so doing, we will be following in the footsteps of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag, while rejecting the campaign to rewrite Thanksgiving’s history." |

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