I read an article in the Guardian that was just another distortion of history. Here's the title.
Here's what they posted. The settlers whom many Americans mythologize at Thanksgiving as peace-loving Pilgrims issued government orders offering cash for dead Native American children . True but here's the rest of the story.
The reward: about $12,000 in today’s dollars for the scalp of a man, half that for a woman, and a bit less for a child. True.
There were at least 69 government-issued scalp edicts across the Dawnland from 1675 to 1760, and at least 50 scalp edicts issued elsewhere in the United States until 1885. True
The facts behind the truth. Your first thought was how many thousands, tens of thousands, hundred of thousands did this effect? Actual number? This from the Guardian Article.
In New England alone, we’ve uncovered government payments for 375 human scalps, submitted in 94 separate claims.
375 human scalps. But the article makes you think that this was wide spread. I'm sure the number of people who were doing this was minuscule. But again the article wants you to think that the numbers were huge. In closing, I'm having a great Thanks giving and not worrying about feeling guilty for something that's a blip in time.