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Thanksgiving

How do your students understand Thanksgiving? Where do their views on the holiday come from? In this lesson plan, students share what they've been taught about Thanksgiving, and then compare a set of very different modern viewpoints on the holiday. FIND OUT MORE »

Learning Resources

Explore what's known about early contact

The First Thanksgiving, Jean Louis Gerome Ferris

Only two eyewitness accounts of that first Thanksgiving remain. [...] »

 Photo, "2007 Powwow," Cynthia Frankenburg, Smithsonian, Flickr Commons

Museums, colleges, and tribes are invaluable for gathering course-building [...] »

Coast Guard plane landed at Children's beach, 1926

MA educators—explore a historical moment (and accompanying primary source [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Adopt strategies for analyzing the holiday

Photography, Native Americans with bicycle, 1938 or 1939, Harris & Ewing, LOC

Discover the influence popular culture and dominant narratives can have on your [...] »

Print, Bringing in the Teddy-turk, Nov. 18, 1908, Udo J. Keppler, Puck, LoC

Prepare for Thanksgiving with our spotlight page on the holiday! [...] »

Photo, George Washington, August 26, 2008, cliff1066tm, Flickr

Can students learn history through themes that don’t fit the usual approach to [...] »

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Test your Thanksgiving knowledge!

Postcard, Thanksgiving day, 1907, Raphael Tuck and Sons, NYPL

What traditional Thanksgiving foods would have been hard to come by during WWII? [...] »

Postcard, 1910, Ault & Wiborg Printing Ink Company

How many turkeys have presidents pardoned? [...] »

Magazine cover, Harper's Bazaar--Thanksgiving 1894, 1894, Louis Rhead, LoC

Thanksgiving—how much do you know about the history of this popular [...] »

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