The ’Splainer (as in “You’ve got some ’splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which the RNS staff gives you everything you need to know about current events to hold your own at the water cooler.

(RNS) — It’s time for that old story again — the guys in the big black hats with the buckles sit down for an autumn feast with the local Native Americans.

Fast-forward a couple of centuries, and most Americans commemorate that 1621 meal as Thanksgiving (with almost nothing on the table reminiscent of the original).

Who were the black-clad strangers the natives helped survive

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