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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?

  • Originally published 05/23/2017

    Antarctica is Melting

    Steve Hochstadt

    Three-quarters of the world’s largest cities are located on sea coasts. Between 100 million and 200 million people live in places that likely will be underwater or subject to frequent flooding by the year 2100. Some estimates put that number at 650 million, nearly 10% of the world’s population. Mathew Hauer of the University of Georgia estimated that 13 million Americans might be displaced by 2100, mostly in southeastern states.