While this is certainly an “All American” holiday, harvest celebrations have been around since way before the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians had theirs. President Lincoln made ours official in 1863. The Pilgrims certainly had reason to be thankful. Only about half of the Mayflower passengers and crew survived the first winter. The Indians taught them the survival techniques that led to that first feast.
I’m thankful to be an American.
David Boaz of the Cato Institute has a great column here on what makes the United States so special: