THE NATION: Fowl v. Arms

"Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so -we might after a special manner, rejoice together after we had gathered the fruits of our labors. These four, in one day, killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms . . ."

So wrote Edward Winslow, from the Pilgrim colony at New Plymouth on the first Thanksgiving in 1621. This week, prosperous and powerful beyond Pilgrim Winslow's wildest fancies, the U.S. could give thanks—and wonder whether it...

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