The origins of Thanksgiving

Before gobbling turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie — or engaging in a well-informed political spat with your family — some of you might wonder where the Thanksgiving tradition originated. We wondered, too. So we talked with historians to get the facts straight. As it turns out, historians trace the food coma-inducing tradition to multiple origins — none of which closely resemble what Americans celebrate today. Some celebrations were in the summer. Others put prayer (and even fasting) ahead of feasting. And most menus lacked the modern staples. There’s one particular Thanksgiving that historians generally agree is the original Thanksgiving. It … >>More stories from National


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