The Pilgrims became the de facto founders of America at the expense of all others. Even a casual perusal of the facts would have pointed to Jamestown, Virginia, as the first English colony, as well as to earlier Spanish settlements. Even the Dutch were trading in Manhattan before the Pilgrims embarked on the Mayflower. But that history was erased in favor of the Pilgrims, whose abolitionist descendants had prevailed in the civil war. So at your Thanksgiving table this year, when your guests try to normalize “alt-right” politics, or if talk turns approvingly toward a Muslim ban or wall-building, keep this in mind: they are violating the spirit of the holiday – history and Sarah Josepha Hale are on your side. At my house, we’ll be raising a toast to Hale and her belief that Thanksgiving should be a charitable day of “benevolence of action” and that “every American home” be a “place of plenty and of rejoicing”. It’s a worthy sentiment, and I’m with her. But if you mention Trump at my table, you’re still risking a pie to the face.