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The Real Story of Thanksgiving (History Channel Documentary)


The story of Thanksgiving, with its costumed Pilgrims, turkeys and pumpkin pie, zigzags through American history with some surprising twists. In the 19th Century, some southern states thought Thanksgiving was an abolitionist plot and refused to celebrate it and Thanksgiving didn’t become an annual national holiday until World War II. Thanksgiving… What started as a somber Puritan day of prayer is now about commercial sales, football and food. How did we get there?