Taking a Closer Look at Thanksgiving by Rebecca Winterson SUNY Cortland SUNY Cortland - ICC 523 November 13, 2008 by Rebecca Winterson SUNY Cortland SUNY

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  • Taking a Closer Look at Thanksgiving by Rebecca Winterson SUNY Cortland SUNY Cortland - ICC 523 November 13, 2008 by Rebecca Winterson SUNY Cortland SUNY Cortland - ICC 523 November 13, 2008
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  • Goals and Objectives h Cultural Goal: To expose students to a more accurate history of Thanksgiving in the United States. g SWBAT:Describe a the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday. h Language Goal: To introduce vocabulary related to Thanksgiving. g SWBAT:Name vocabulary words typically associated with Thanksgiving and describe what they mean. h Cultural Goal: To expose students to a more accurate history of Thanksgiving in the United States. g SWBAT:Describe a the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday. h Language Goal: To introduce vocabulary related to Thanksgiving. g SWBAT:Name vocabulary words typically associated with Thanksgiving and describe what they mean.
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  • Click Here to View the Bibliography The Food Served at the Feast The Origins of Thanksgiving Taking a Closer Look at Thanksgiving Table of Contents Click on the links below to learn more about the subject.
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  • Go on 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. Click here to listen to the passage.
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  • Go on 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. Click here to listen to the passage.
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  • Go on The Origins of Thanksgiving The Library of Congress cites at least three other First Thanksgivings before the pilgrims had even arrived in North America!Library of Congress h May, 1541 - Spanish explorer Francisco Vazquez de Coronado celebrates with 1,500 men in Texas; h June 30, 1564 - French colonists celebrate in Florida; h Spring, 1610 - British colonists celebrate, after having nearly starved that winter, when supply ships finally arrived. The Library of Congress cites at least three other First Thanksgivings before the pilgrims had even arrived in North America!Library of Congress h May, 1541 - Spanish explorer Francisco Vazquez de Coronado celebrates with 1,500 men in Texas; h June 30, 1564 - French colonists celebrate in Florida; h Spring, 1610 - British colonists celebrate, after having nearly starved that winter, when supply ships finally arrived. Click here to listen to the passage.
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  • The Origins of Thanksgiving 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. Return to the Table of Contents Click here to listen to the passage.
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  • Green Bean Casserole Turkey Seafood Venison (Deer) The Food Served at the Feast h Choose the food items you think were served by the Pilgrims at their First Thanksgiving in the 1600s. Pumpkin Pie Return to the Table of Contents
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  • Sorry, no Pumpkin Pie! h 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
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  • Yes! Venison was served! h 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. Return to the Feast Quiz
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  • Yes! Seafood was served! h 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! Return to the Feast Quiz
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  • Yes! Turkey was served, but theres more. Return to the Feast Quiz h 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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  • Sorry, no green bean casserole for the Pilgrims. h 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. Return to the Feast Quiz
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  • Bibliography History of Thanksgiving, The. Accessed online at http://www.history.com/minisites/thanksgiving on 10/30/08. http://www.history.com/minisites/thanksgiving Loewen, James W. (1995). Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. Simon & Schuster:New York, NY. Who Celebrated the First Thanksgiving? Accessed online at http://www.loc.gov/wiseguide/nov02/thanks-early.html on 10/30/08. http://www.loc.gov/wiseguide/nov02/thanks-early.html Year We Had Two Thanksgivings, The. Accessed online at http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/thanksg.html on 10/30/08. http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/thanksg.html Zinn, Howard. (2003). A Peoples History of the United States: 1492 - Present. Harper Perennial:New York, NY. History of Thanksgiving, The. Accessed online at http://www.history.com/minisites/thanksgiving on 10/30/08. http://www.history.com/minisites/thanksgiving Loewen, James W. (1995). Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. Simon & Schuster:New York, NY. Who Celebrated the First Thanksgiving? Accessed online at http://www.loc.gov/wiseguide/nov02/thanks-early.html on 10/30/08. http://www.loc.gov/wiseguide/nov02/thanks-early.html Year We Had Two Thanksgivings, The. Accessed online at http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/thanksg.html on 10/30/08. http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/thanksg.html Zinn, Howard. (2003). A Peoples History of the United States: 1492 - Present. Harper Perennial:New York, NY. Return to Table of Contents