Thanksgiving: The Making of an American Holiday
Think it’s all about Pilgrims? Think again
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Pilgrims in tall black hats and Indians in feathered headdresses may bethe most commonly recognized emblems of Thanksgiving, one of America’smost popular national holidays (it surpasses Christmas as the busiesttravel time of the year). But the real origins of the holiday havelittle to do with Plymouth Rock and a lot more to do with a nation inturmoil during the Civil War — more than 200 years after the Pilgrimslanded in Plymouth in 1620. BU Todayasked anthropologists Merry White, a College of Arts and Sciencesprofessor, and Tony Barrand, a CAS professor and a UniversityProfessor, to give us some insight into the foggy beginnings ofAmerica’s favorite day.
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