@Tilver & @Chloe
I agree that Thanksgiving can be re-claimed. Also, while what happened not long afterwards was terrible, the general “First Thanksgiving Myth” symbolizes the USA at its best a tale of survival and intercultural friendship and exchange.
Also, Thanksgiving doesn’t necessarily have to commemorate a single event “Harvest Home” - type big meal celebrations have been practiced by many cultures (including the Americas and Europe) throughout history. Also, Thanksgiving as a National Holiday in the States became a thing LONG after the 17th Century and it was more tied with the end of the Civil War and WWII or whatever.
Thanksgiving is simply a Fall Harvest festival where families and communities give thanks for their blessings, it doesn’t even need to commemorate a historical event. It can be divorced from the “’Pilgrims & Indians’ Story” if one wishes.
The OP’s argument is also crap: “Conquering other Nations because it has always been done” is a stupid excuse. There’s no reason why conquerors couldn’t just have peacefully traded with others if resources were so scare or goods so wanted or needed. Nope; Conquering is just childish actions by weak (but physically strong) rulers with a Deity complex… it’s all about status and power… y’know… REAL weakness. Spain could’ve had a nice gold trade with the Mesoamericans. Europe could’ve had a nice trade in rubber, minerals or whatever with Africa. Britain could’ve had a nice peaceful trade in spices, tea, etc. with India, etc. Genghis Khan didn’t need to take over most of the “Old World” and could have traded with and worked with China and neighboring Dominions as the Khan of Mongolia.
There’s never a “need” to conquer. It’s also bullying and an ego trip. “That’s how it was always done” is not an excuse.