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History of Thanksgiving

Elisabeth Grant | Nov 23, 2006

Get out the cornucopia; it’s Thanksgiving! After you’ve had your fill of turkey (or tofurky for the vegetarians), gather around the computer and visit some informative sites on the History of Thanksgiving.

  • The Thanksgiving in American Memory site by the Library of Congress includes a Thanksgiving Timeline that spans Thanksgiving events from 1541 to 2001. It also includes Thanksgiving experiences and quotes from ordinary Americans through the years.
  • Visit the Wikipedia entry on Thanksgiving for a fascinating collection of facts, resources, and images detailing the Thanksgiving tradition.
  • The History Channel’s site on Thanksgiving describes what the pilgrims ate, dispels Mayflower myths, and features a video on the history of Thanksgiving.
  • The Plymouth Colony Archive Site, a site recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities (and others) as an excellent educational resource, contains a vast collection of resources on the Plymouth Colony. It includes such content as Court Records, Biographies, Maps, and more.

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