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The History of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Primary Documents


Of Plimoth Foundation by William Bradford (Plymouth Plantation)

Echoes of the Ancestors - Eel River Archaeological site

Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth

1789 First U.S. Thanksgiving Proclamation by President George Washington

Congress Establishes Thanksgiving

First Colonial Thanksgiving Proclamation

National Thanksgiving Proclamation 1863 by Abraham Lincoln


Thanksgiving Primary Source Set with support materials

Rethinking Thanksgiving Celebrations: Native Perspectives on Thanksgiving


Harvest Ceremony: Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving

Native educators say Thanksgiving lessons can be accurate, respectful, and still fun—here’s how

A Story of Survival: The Wampanoag and the English: A Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Booklet from a Native American Perspective



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