The Story of Thanksgiving

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Grab a seat at the table as we talk turkey! Join us as we take a look at the Thanksgiving holiday. Learn the real story of the first Thanksgiving and find out more about the Native People who lived in what is now New England. We’ll learn about the foods of our early Thanksgiving dinners and discover how the day was made a national holiday during the Civil War. Plus, we’ll check out the origins of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions – we’ll even talk a little football! So bring your appetite for knowledge and join us as we explore the history of Thanksgiving!
Live Blog The Story of Thanksgiving

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Discussion Questions

Before You Watch
  1. What does Thanksgiving mean to you? What does it mean to the United States?
  2. What do you know about the first Thanksgiving?
  3. What does Thanksgiving have to do with other holidays?
  4. What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
  5. What can Thanksgiving tell us about being active citizens?
After You Watch
  1. What brought the Pilgrims to the New World? How did they behave when they arrived?
  2. What kinds of foods were being eaten at the first Thanksgiving, and who provided them?
  3. Where did Thanksgiving have its origins, and how did it become a national holiday? Think particularly about how it grew over the years, instead of at one single moment.
  4. How have we changed the way we celebrate Thanksgiving over time?
  5. Can you name some Thanksgiving traditions which you weren’t aware of?

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