Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Buckles

We Brits don't celebrate Thanksgiving, of course, but when I was a kid there was always a bit of a fuss about it and, come November, we generally got exposed to lessons and sermons and even TV programmes about the guys with buckles on their hats.

The buckles were really the most interesting thing about them. I drew pictures of pilgrims emphasizing the buckles. Why should anyone need a buckle up there? Did they tighten the buckles to stop their hats blowing away?

The teachers and preachers and programme makers rather took the line that these were upstanding, religious ENGLISH people and what they did by going to America was advance the manifest destiny of our imperial Anglo-Saxon race.
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