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Transcript of Thanksgiving
The 1st Thanksgiving
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians, and was a three day festival of eating, hunting, and entertainment, in honor of the pilgrims first successful crop. The pilgrims didn't repeat Thanksgiving for at least a couple years. To show their freindship, the Wampanoag killed five deer as gifts for the colonists.
The things that were eaten for Thanksgiving in 1621 are much different than the things that we eat for Thanksgiving today. Today familys might eat turkey, carrots, corn, cramberry sauce, and stuffing.In 1621 the pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians may have ate venison (deer),indian corn, waterfowl, and barley(oats).
-Since 1989, the president has pardoned turkeys, by sending them to a farm instead of someones dinner table.
-The puritans believed that the holidays like Easter and Christmas should be replaced with Thanksgiving.
-In 1789 George Washington announced the first national Thanksgiving holiday.
-Begining in 1827, Sara Josepha Hale ( the author of Mary and the little lamb ) campained for 30 years to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.
-In 1863 president Abe Lincoln declared the final Thursday of November for Thanksgiving.
The Main Crop
The main crop that was used to help the pilgrims survive was Indian corn, which the Wampanoag Indians taught them how to grow. It was also part of the Thanksgiving feast.