Category Archives: Thanksgiving

The Creation of the Thanksgiving Holiday

The actual date of the first Thanksgiving is unknown. Colonist Edward Winslow recorded that it was held in the fall of 1621, but no specific date was given. The significance of the 1621 event was not immediately evident and thereafter, … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Foods Word Find

Thanksgiving Foods Word Find

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Thanksgiving History Crossword Puzzle

For teachers, here is a Thanksgiving History crossword puzzle. The source document for this can be found in the Thanksgiving articles on this site. Crossword Puzzles are a good best practice that acts as a gateway to higher order thinking … Continue reading

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Presidential Pardon of Turkeys

Each year at Thanksgiving, the President of the United States exercises his Constitutional power to order pardons and reprieves and spares the life of one of the turkeys slated for a White House meal. The lucky bird then is shipped … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Football History

Thanksgiving Football Football has been a part of Thanksgiving since 1876, when the Intercollegiate Football Association held its championship on Thanksgiving Day. By 1893, football had become a holiday tradition, prompting the New York Herald to declare it the official … Continue reading

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The Turkey And Thanksgiving

Upon its discovery by Europeans, the turkey became almost immediately popular. William Bradford recorded that wild turkey was on the table at the first thanksgiving.  Turkeys also were almost immediately taken back to Europe, domesticated, and developed into different breeds. … Continue reading

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The First Thanksgiving Feast

There is a great deal of speculation as to what the Pilgrims ate at the first Thanksgiving. There are only two known contemporary descriptions of the event, and one of those was written twenty years after the fact. The earliest … Continue reading

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The Story of the Pilgrims

Religious Dissent In England Nearly every schoolchild in America knows the basic story of the Pilgrims: that seeking religious freedom, they set sail from England in the Mayflower, arriving in what is now Massachusetts. And, that following a harsh first … Continue reading

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