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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    For the history of Thanksgiving, we have been pretty honest about it from the beginning (with age-appropriate examples). Just a couple of days ago we watched Avatar movie (the James Cameron version). I had never seen it before and I knew it was anti-colonial, but it was much more powerful than I expected.

    In fact the next day DS asked about it. And was a great example of European colonization of the Americas. We talked about how the only difference was the ending. In Avatar, the local population were able to expel the colonizers whereas in the Americas, Europeans killed 90% of the Native American population and that the Europeans never left.
    My son is taking a History of Science course at Purdue. For his last paper, he is to write a fictionalized alternative history story showcasing what might have happened if some scientific discovery/invention had not occurred. He chose the development and use of navigational tools, particularly by the Portuguese, as his non-occurring invention. He is following that thread hypothesizing how civilization would have developed on the two American continents w/o European invasion. I get to read his first draft some time today. Sometimes, for a nerd, he can be kinda cool......
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    Roll Call, 11/25
    The storm that is moving through the majority of the country dropped a fair amount of snow on us. About 7 inches where I live, which is a lot for where we are, usually the base of the mountains sees all the snow. We moved Thanksgiving to Friday out of an abundance of caution (a couple of car accidents with my kids in the car, not my fault, made me a bit paranoid). It sure looks pretty from my kitchen window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    My son is taking a History of Science course at Purdue. For his last paper, he is to write a fictionalized alternative history story showcasing what might have happened if some scientific discovery/invention had not occurred. He chose the development and use of navigational tools, particularly by the Portuguese, as his non-occurring invention. He is following that thread hypothesizing how civilization would have developed on the two American continents w/o European invasion. I get to read his first draft some time today. Sometimes, for a nerd, he can be kinda cool......
    That sounds amazing. That is a really good topic to think about. I wish I could read it!
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