1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving

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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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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792261391
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: I Am American
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 639,853
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction: A Bountiful Harvest 9
People of the First Light 11
Hampanoag Language 15
Colonizing the New World 17
Wampanoag Diplomacy 22
Making a Myth 27
The Harvest 29
The Land's Plenty 34
Giving Thanks 37
Evolution of a Holiday 40
Conclusion: A Broken Peace 43
Appendix Bringing the Past to Life 44
Chronology 46
Bibliography & Index 47
Credits 48
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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    A New Look At Thanksgiving

    1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving details the true story behind the harvest celebration at Plymouth Plantation that would become celebrated in the 19th century as the "first Thanksgiving" and became the prototype of the holiday that we celebrate every year. 1621 does a good job presenting the information for young readers and highlights the Native population and the impact that European contact had. The photographs were taken at the 2000 reenactment of the harvest celebration and gives a sense of what these events would have looked like.

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