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Title: Taking a Closer Look at Thanksgiving


1
Taking a Closer Look atThanksgiving
  • by
  • Rebecca Winterson
  • SUNY Cortland - ICC 523
  • November 13, 2008

2
Goals and Objectives
  • Cultural Goal To expose students to a more
    accurate history of Thanksgiving in the United
    States.
  • SWBATDescribe a the origins of the Thanksgiving
    holiday.
  • Language Goal To introduce vocabulary related to
    Thanksgiving.
  • SWBATName vocabulary words typically associated
    with Thanksgiving and describe what they mean.

3
Taking a Closer Look atThanksgivingTable of
Contents
  • Click on the links below to learn more about the
    subject.

The Origins of Thanksgiving
The Food Served at the Feast
Click Here to View the Bibliography
4
The Origins of Thanksgiving
  • Many people believe Thanksgiving began in the
    1600s in (what was then) the colony of
    Massachussettes. The traditional Thanksgiving
    myth tells of a large and happy feast held by the
    pilgrims with their guests, the Wampanoag Native
    Americans. However, this story is not entirely
    accurate.

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The Origins of Thanksgiving
  • While it is true that at one point the pilgrims
    and Wampanoags did enjoy a feast for several
    days, they did not name this event Thanksgiving.
    Furthermore, there were others who enjoyed their
    own Thanksgiving Feast long before the pilgrims
    had arrived on North America.

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The Origins of Thanksgiving
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  • The Library of Congress cites at least three
    other First Thanksgivings before the pilgrims
    had even arrived in North America!
  • May, 1541 - Spanish explorer Francisco Vazquez de
    Coronado celebrates with 1,500 men in Texas
  • June 30, 1564 - French colonists celebrate in
    Florida
  • Spring, 1610 - British colonists celebrate, after
    having nearly starved that winter, when supply
    ships finally arrived.

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The Origins of Thanksgiving
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  • During the Civil War, in the year 1863, President
    Abraham Lincoln finally declared a national day
    of Thanksgiving. Still, it was not until December
    of 1941 that Congress passed a law declaring the
    4th Thursday in November to be the official day
    of Thanksgiving in the United States of America.

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8
The Food Served at the Feast
  • Choose the food items you think were served by
    the Pilgrims at their First Thanksgiving in the
    1600s.

Pumpkin Pie
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Venison (Deer)
Seafood
Turkey
Green Bean Casserole
9
Sorry, no Pumpkin Pie!
  • The Pilgrims did not have pumpkin pie at their
    first Thanksgiving. There was very little sugar
    available to make any sweets for the feast.
    However, the Pilgrims would have served plain
    roasted pumpkin and squash at the meal.

Return to the Feast Quiz
10
Yes! Venison was served!
  • Venison is plentiful in the northeast of the
    United States. As such, this meat provided a
    large portion of the food served at the Pilgrims
    first Thanksgiving.

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11
Yes! Seafood was served!
  • The colony of Massachussettes is right on the
    Atlantic Ocean, and Cape Cod (where the Pilgrims
    lived) sticks out into the water. The Pilgrims
    would have served several different kinds of
    seafood including cod, eel, clams, lobster, and
    seal!

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12
Yes! Turkey was served, but theres more.
  • The turkey that the Pilgrims would have eaten was
    not raised on a farm like the turkeys we eat
    today. Instead, the Pilgrims would have hunted
    for wild turkeys and other wild fowl including
    goose, duck, partridge, swan, and eagle.

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13
Sorry, no green bean casserole for the Pilgrims.
  • The Pilgrim diet consisted of more meat than we
    would typically eat at a meal today. Vegetables
    were not as important in the meal, but were also
    not plentiful and therefore harder to come by.

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14
Bibliography
  • History of Thanksgiving, The. Accessed online at
    http//www.history.com/minisites/thanksgiving on
    10/30/08.
  • Loewen, James W. (1995). Lies My Teacher Told Me
    Everything Your American History Textbook Got
    Wrong. Simon SchusterNew York, NY.
  • Who Celebrated the First Thanksgiving? Accessed
    online at http//www.loc.gov/wiseguide/nov02/thank
    s-early.html on 10/30/08.
  • Year We Had Two Thanksgivings, The. Accessed
    online at http//www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/thanksg
    .html on 10/30/08.
  • Zinn, Howard. (2003). A Peoples History of the
    United States 1492 - Present. Harper
    PerennialNew York, NY.

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