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The Real Story Of Thanksgiving

You'll never look at Thanksgiving the same way ever again.

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By: Julie Borowski (@JulieBorowski)

There was no such thing as private property. / Via

On the Plymouth Plantation, all property was held in common. It was illegal to grow your own food! Plantation leaders distributed food and supplies to the Pilgrims based on "equality and need."

Many Pilgrims refused to work. Many faked sick to get out of work. Many stole food. / Via

There was little incentive to help produce any food. So... let me get this straight. No matter how often I work, I will get the same amount of stuff? Lazy, here I come!

Governor Bradford wrote that year, "instead of famine now God gave them plenty.” / Via

He wrote that this system, "had very good success for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been. By this time harvest was come…the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many."

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