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  • Originally published 11/28/2014

    On Thanksgiving Day, Remember Fast Day

    Dean Grodzins

    Americans have forgotten Fast Day, although it once was as important a holiday as Thanksgiving. In fact, it was paired with Thanksgiving and considered its necessary complement.

  • Originally published 11/27/2014

    Why Americans Call Turkey 'Turkey'

    "Turkey" the bird is native to North America. But "turkey" the word is a geographic mess—a tribute to the vagaries of colonial trade and conquest.

  • Originally published 11/26/2014

    The Myth of Thanksgiving

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

    “Thanksgiving” became a named holiday during the Civil War, but neither Pilgrims, nor Indians, nor food, nor the Mayflower—all essential to today’s celebration—were mentioned in Lincoln’s 1863 proclamation.

  • Originally published 11/25/2002

    Thanksgiving Day Myths

    Timothy Walch

    So what do most Americans believe happened on that first Thanksgiving Day?