Monthly Archives: November 2013

On this date… Thanksgiving, 1621… Massachusetts

Here is the original account of the first Thanksgiving. But first, a little context.  The Pilgrims arrived the previous December, finally settling in the abandoned Indian village of Patuxet.  A year or two earlier, the village – and many like … Continue reading

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Colonial Bros and Nava-hos: Why did these frats think this was okay?

Last week, several fraternities and sororities at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo hosted a party with the theme “Colonial Bros and Nava-hos”.   As word of the party leaked out afterwards, the campus president, faculty, and many students denounced it. Other … Continue reading

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On this date… November 19, 1863… Pennsylvania

The airwaves today are filled with gushing remembrances of Abraham Lincoln’s brief eloquent eulogy at the Gettysburg Battlefield site on November 19, 1863.  In that speech, Lincoln stated that the nation was “dedicated to the proposition that all men are … Continue reading

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Redskins

[I will keep adding to this list as I find more quotes.] From the 1500’s thru the 1800’s, the most common derogatory term for Native Americans was “savages”.  In the 1830’s, large scale ethnic cleansing (called “Indian Removal”) become official … Continue reading

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On this date… November 2, 1542… California

On this date in 1542, a party erupted on the deck of the San Salvador anchored off Santa Barbara, California. The captain of the ship was raised on the Cuban genocide, came of age in the conquest of Mexico, and … Continue reading

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