• Barbara Mathews

Coming Up: Insight about 17th Century Massachusetts that Wasn't Taught When We Were in School

An Evening with

David J. Silverman

This Land Is Their Land

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET via Zoom


Co-sponsors: Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society - New England (AAHGS-NE), Essex Society of Genealogists (ESOG), Friends of Irish Research (FIR), Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB), Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG), New Bedford Historical Society (NBHS), New England Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG), Old Bones Genealogy of New England, Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society (WMGS)


Please join us for this free event! Pre-registration is required.


In March 1621, when Plymouth's survival was hanging in the balance, the Wampanoag sachem, Ousamequin and Plymouth's governor, John Carver, declared their people's friendship for each other and a commitment to mutual defense. Later that autumn, the English gathered their first successful harvest and lifted the specter of starvation. Ousamequin and 90 of his men then visited Plymouth for the “First Thanksgiving.” The treaty remained operative until King Philip's War in 1675, when 50 years of uneasy peace between the two parties would come to an end.

America today has millions of people across the country who descend from those that were at the First Thanksgiving, many of whom try to understand the reasons behind their ancestors' actions during the 17th century. Often only heard from a one-sided perspective, Silverman provides a fresh view, adding new layers and insight to the conversation of a controversial time in America's history.

David J. Silverman is a professor at George Washington University, where he specializes in Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history. He is the author of Thundersticks, Red Brethren, Ninigret, and Faith and Boundaries. His essays have won major awards from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and the New York Academy of History. He lives in Philadelphia.


Pre-registration is required. The event is free.

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