Thanksgiving: The American Holiday

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With essays, original materials, and even recipes, this volume devoted to the history and cultural importance of Thanksgiving in the United States traces the customs, symbols, and foods of the holiday, from the earliest celebrations of European colonists to present-day events. Historical essays cover  traditions derived from the native cultures of early Americans and the first American Thanksgiving observances. The book examines the evolution of the traditional harvest celebration into the ...

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Overview

With essays, original materials, and even recipes, this volume devoted to the history and cultural importance of Thanksgiving in the United States traces the customs, symbols, and foods of the holiday, from the earliest celebrations of European colonists to present-day events. Historical essays cover  traditions derived from the native cultures of early Americans and the first American Thanksgiving observances. The book examines the evolution of the traditional harvest celebration into the designated Day of Thanksgiving by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 and details the standardization of the traditional meal and the development of modern holiday traditions, including football games and parades.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780812468
  • Publisher: KWS Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Collier Hillstrom is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of more than 20 books in the fields of history and biography, including People in the News: Al Gore and Television in American Society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Essays
     Thanksgiving: History and Observance
     Thanksgiving: Holiday Food from the 17th to the 21st Centuries
Primary Sources
    The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving
    The Revolutionary Period
    America Embraces the Pilgrims
    New England Thanksgivings
    Thanksgiving Spreads beyond New England
    The Civil War and Creation of the National Holiday
    Thanksgiving in the Early 20th Century
    Thanksgiving in Wartime
    Native American Perspectives on Thanksgiving
    Thanksgiving in Modern Times

Bibliography Photo and Illustration Credits Index

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  • Posted November 30, 2013

    Everything you ever wanted to know about Thanksgiving, and then

    Everything you ever wanted to know about Thanksgiving, and then some........... From the first Thanksgiving to modern celebrations. Even contained several short stories about the holiday. Nice pictures within the book. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that it was almost too much. Some of the areas were very similar and seemed somewhat repetitive. Got a bit tedious in places. Also, there were some editing errors, typos, etc. Overall, a great book if you are interested in the history and evolution of Thanksgiving.

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