Tuesday, November 20, 2007

History of Thanksgiving on The History Channel - November 21 at 7PM/6PM Central Time

Special Presentation: History of Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 21st at 7PM/6c

Turkey dinners, footballs and parades--these are the modern-day
trappings of the holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November
each year. But Thanksgiving is more than just a day of food and
festivity. This documentary traces the history of Thanksgiving, from
early festivals and rituals of thanks to the feasts Americans
celebrate today. The History of Thanksgiving explores different tales
of the Thanksgiving holiday, examining how and why the story of the
Pilgrims sharing bounty with Native Americans became the symbol of
Thanksgiving. Using primary sources, expert historians and authentic
reenactments, this program untangles some Thanksgiving myths and
recounts the story of how it became recognized as a federal holiday.
Students will find that this documentary gives them new historical
insights into this popular holiday, and an opportunity to discuss its
meaning and significance in our society today.

Curriculum Links:
The History of Thanksgiving would be useful for classes on American
History, American Culture and Native American History. It is
appropriate for elementary school, middle school and high school. It
fulfills the following standards as outlined by the National Council
for History Education: (1) Civilization, Cultural Diffusion and
Innovation, and (2) Patterns of Social and Political Interaction.

Special Website Available:

Sick, Tired and Thanksgiving

Well, it's finally happened. Charles was the first one down, with a terrible cold, than me and now Marcus. I'm so looking forward to our 2 days off. We plan on staying in bed, watching movies and sleeping. Thanksgiving dinner will consist of soup and crackers.

Here's wishing you and your's a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

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