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Thanksgiving

How do your students understand Thanksgiving? Where do their views on the holiday come from? In this lesson plan, students share what they've been taught about Thanksgiving, and then compare a set of very different modern viewpoints on the holiday. FIND OUT MORE »

Learning Resources

Explore what's known about early contact

Photo, Famous People 1, Dec. 5, 2008, prayingmother, Flickr

Historians dispute the date of the first Thanksgiving. Is there a definite time [...] »

Coast Guard plane landed at Children's beach, 1926

MA educators—explore a historical moment (and accompanying primary source [...] »

print, Landing of Governor Wintrop at Salem, 1850, NYPL Digital Gallery

Historians often consider Puritan New England a model for the development of [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Adopt strategies for analyzing the holiday

Photo, Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast-9, Barrett Web Coordinator, Flickr

How do you broach the complicated issues surrounding Thanksgiving with early [...] »

Postcard, Thanksgiving greetings, P. Sander, New York Public Library

Take a variety of perspectives into account before moving past the first [...] »

Photography, Native Americans with bicycle, 1938 or 1939, Harris & Ewing, LOC

Discover the influence popular culture and dominant narratives can have on your [...] »

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Test your Thanksgiving knowledge!

Postcard, Thanksgiving day, 1907, Raphael Tuck and Sons, NYPL

What traditional Thanksgiving foods would have been hard to come by during WWII? [...] »

Magazine cover, Harper's Bazaar--Thanksgiving 1894, 1894, Louis Rhead, LoC

Thanksgiving—how much do you know about the history of this popular [...] »

Postcard, 1910, Ault & Wiborg Printing Ink Company

How many turkeys have presidents pardoned? [...] »

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