In the fall 1621, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe gathered for a feast to commemorate their friendship and bountiful harvest. The gathering is now remembered as the first “Thanksgiving.” Throughout the history of the United States, Americans have used days of thanks to reflect on challenges and to express gratitude to God. In this lesson, we will look at three proclamations of Thanksgiving given by different presidents throughout American history. In each, notice what they give thanks for and why they’re asking for a public day of thanksgiving.
What’s the Significance of the First Thanksgiving Today?
How much of the Pilgrims' story is a myth, and what exactly is important to remember about the meal they shared with local Native Americans? Mary is joined by Tony and Kirk to delve into the Pilgrims' harrowing journey to Plymouth and first winter to understand and appreciate the larger themes of what we commemorate as Thanksgiving today.