2020 Virtual History Book Festival “Spirited Discussion” with David J. Silverman

November 5th, 2020 - 5:00 pm

Be sure to join us for the 2020 Virtual HBF “Spirited Discussion” with David J. Silverman, author of This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving (Bloomsbury, 2019). This event is free but registration is required.
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About the book
The year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. This book looks at the Plymouth colony’s founding events through the eyes of the Wampanoag people, who have long contended that the tale of the first Thanksgiving that most Americans are familiar with is not history but a myth that sugar coats the viciousness of colonialism for Native peoples. The Pilgrims were not arriving at a desolate wilderness: in fact, human civilization in the Americas was as rich and ancient as in Europe. Personal stories and oral histories highlight the Wampanoags’ ongoing struggle for self-determination.

About the author 
David J. Silverman is a professor at George Washington University, where he specializes in Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history. He lives in Philadelphia. 

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