Finley Peter Dunne, Chicago newspaperman and humorist, presented a view of Thanksgiving at the turn of the 20th century through Mr. Dooley, his fictional Irish saloonkeeper and philosopher. It goes like this: " 'Twas founded by th' Puritans to give thanks f'r bein' presavred fr'm th' Indyans, an' . . . we keep it to give thanks we are presarved fr'm th' Puritans."
Humor is humor, of course, and a certain latitude is granted regarding factual accuracy. The first [...]