History of the Holidays

Season 1 Episode 8

The Real Story of Thanksgiving

Aired Unknown Nov 22, 2010 on The History Channel
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The Real Story of Thanksgiving
The story of Thanksgiving, with its costumed Pilgrims, turkeys and pumpkin pie, zigzags through American history with some surprising twists. At the iconic Thanksgiving feast of 1621--no pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce was served, and that event was wiped from the history books for 200 years! In the 19th Century, some southern states thought Thanksgiving was an abolitionist plot and refused to celebrate it. Thanksgiving didn't become an annual national holiday until World War II. What started as a somber Puritan day of prayer is now about football and food. How did we get there?moreless
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