To many the first Thanksgiving conjures images of pies and cranberry sauce. However, it actually had a lot of cod, lobster, eels, and clams—and it likely wasn't even in Massachusetts! It took a long time (and a Civil War) for the holiday to establish itself nationally. Young historians unpack the myths and facts of Thanksgiving using a video resource and discussion questions.
- Use preview and post-viewing questions to simulate discussion among class members about the meaning of Thanksgiving
- Have scholars research the effects of interactions between Native Americans and colonials as a way of extending the lesson
- Contains pictures of people taking part in ragamuffin parades in blackface
- Video explores traditions not generally discussed in the history of Thanksgiving
- History neglects newer historiography of the First Thanksgiving and interaction between Native peoples and Europeans