1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving

by Catherine O'Neill Grace
     
 

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Countering the prevailing, traditional story of the first Thanksgiving, with its black-hatted, silver-buckled Pilgrims; blanket-clad, be-feathered Indians; cranberry sauce; pumpkin pie; and turkey, this lushly illustrated photo-essay presents a more measured, balanced, and historically accurate version of the three-day harvest celebration in 1621.

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Countering the prevailing, traditional story of the first Thanksgiving, with its black-hatted, silver-buckled Pilgrims; blanket-clad, be-feathered Indians; cranberry sauce; pumpkin pie; and turkey, this lushly illustrated photo-essay presents a more measured, balanced, and historically accurate version of the three-day harvest celebration in 1621.

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A single passage in a 17th-century letter was the root of Thanksgiving, but legends about the holiday extend far beyond its historical origins. When most Americans think of Thanksgiving, images of brave, peaceful Pilgrim settlers, wild Indians, and festive turkey dinners pop into our heads. 1621 presents a different, more historically accurate picture. Utilizing the resources of Plimoth Plantation museum project, coauthors Catherine O'Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac describe the realities of Native American and European settler interactions. A fascinating revisionist history of a quintessential American holiday.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792261391
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Series:
I Am American
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
375,884
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.81(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Sisse Brimberg has photographed more than 20 articles for National Geographic magazine. Her story on migrant workers won first prize for Picture Story of the Year from the National Press Photographers Association. She lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband Cotton Coulson.

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