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Image of "The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe

A Thanksgiving Precedent: What Really Happened in Plymouth?

As with so many of our national holidays, Thanksgiving is now a contentious subject. Formerly a time of celebration and gratitude, many critics today maintain that it stands as little more than an emblem of our nation’s racist past. But is this an accurate reading of the first Thanksgiving? What actually transpired at Plymouth in the fall of 1621? In this article, Dr. Glenn Sunshine helps to restore a proper historical perspective on Thanksgiving.

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