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The First Thanksgiving
They spent two months at sea to reach a strange new world, and barely survived once they got there.

Learn how the Pilgrims reached America and lived to celebrate the
first Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving - History, origin, and traditions of an American holiday!

1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln
Full text of the October 3, 1863 decree that finally made Thanksgiving an official U.S. holiday.

Black Friday: Biggest Shopping Day of the Year?
Tradition has it that "Black Friday," the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. Retail insiders say that is probably not the case.

Cyber Monday: Biggest Online Shopping Day of the Year?
The first Monday after Thanksgiving has come to be known as "Cyber Monday" because it is supposedly the biggest online shopping day of the year. The actual statistics don't back that up.

Does the Tryptophan in Turkey Make You Sleepy?
Theoretically it could, says About.com's Chemistry Guide Anne Marie Helmenstine, but the true lethargy inducer in any Thanksgiving dinner is more likely to be the carbohydrate count.

The First Thanksgiving - Myth vs. Fact
What historians really know about the 1621 harvest feast in Plymouth, Massachussetts and how it evolved into the Thanksgiving holiday we know today.

FDR and Thanksgiving
It was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who, in his 1939 Thanksgiving Proclamation, gave the annual holiday its current date: the second-to-last Thursday in November. About's 20th Century History Guide Jennifer Rosenberg explains why he ordered the change.

A Folklorist's View of Thanksgiving
Esaúl Sánchez and folklorist Roger D. Abrahams discuss "the ubiquitious, universal, populist turkey and Thanksgiving."

The History of Thanksgiving
"Travel back to Plymouth and hear from some pilgrims to find out what the original celebration was actually like!" -- From the History Channel.

The Myth of Holiday Suicides
Does the suicide rate in the United States increase over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays? Experts say no. Here are the facts behind the urban legend.

Plymouth Rock
The real story behind the legendary landing spot of the Mayflower in 1620.

The Pregnant Turkey
Netlore Archive: For a Thanksgiving laugh, mom stuffs a roast turkey with a cornish game hen as a practical joke on her naive daughter.

The Presidential Turkey Pardon
Why do U.S. presidents feel compelled to issue an official pardon to a turkey each year before Thanksgiving? Did the "tradition" really start with Harry Truman? Or was it Abe Lincoln?

Thanksgiving in the Melting Pot
Anthropologist Dr. Sidney Mintz discusses holiday customs, food, gender roles, and commercialization.

Thanksgiving Day Myths
By historian Timothy Walch, director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa.

Top 10 Myths About Thanksgiving
"If by Thanksgiving, you have in mind the Pilgrim festival, forget about it being a family holiday. Put away your Norman Rockwell paintings. Turn off Bing Crosby. Thanksgiving was a multicultural community event. If it had been about family, the Pilgrims never would have invited the Indians to join them."

A Virtual Tour of the Plimouth Plantation
It's 1627 all the time at Plimoth Plantation, the living history attraction in Plymouth, Massachusetts, that recreates the life of the Pilgrims and their Native neighbors. Take a virtual tour with About's New England for Visitors Guide, Kim Knox Beckius.

Wampanoag History
Detailed history of the Native American tribe without whose assistance the Pilgrims would have had little to be thankful for.

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American as Pumpkin Pie: A History of Thanksgiving

When we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, we think we know what we’re commemorating. But if an actual Pilgrim were to attend your Thanksgiving, chances are he’d be stunned by what he saw there. In this episode, historian James McWilliams discusses why the Puritans would have turned up their noses at our "traditional" Thanksgiving foods. Religion scholar Anne Blue Wills reveals the Victorian origins of our modern holiday, and one woman's campaign to fix it on the national calendar. An archeologist at Colonial Williamsburg explains what garbage has to tell us about early American diets. And legendary NFL quarterback Roger Staubach describes what it was like to spend every turkey day on the football field

Sarah Hale: The Mother of Thanksgiving


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