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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: A Bountiful Harvest||9|
|People of the First Light||11|
|Colonizing the New World||17|
|Making a Myth||27|
|The Land's Plenty||34|
|Evolution of a Holiday||40|
|Conclusion: A Broken Peace||43|
|Appendix||Bringing the Past to Life||44|
|Bibliography & Index||47|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.