An accessible short introduction to the Thanksgiving story, its role in American history, its place in the pantheon of American values, and the controversies it has sparked. Performer Ellouise Rothwell's pleasant voice and precise enunciation compliment the gentle Americana-inflected music that plays in the background. This is a nice choice for older children who want to learn the history of the holiday, or adults who want to brush up on the meaning behind all the roast turkey and pumpkin pie.
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Thanksgiving is a North American festival. It commemorates the good fortune its founders encountered when they arrived in the New World. In Canada, Thanksgiving is held on the second Monday of October. In the United States of America, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
The story of the pilgrims, and the first Thanksgiving, has now become a foundational myth in North American culture. It reminds Americans of its founders, particularly the pilgrims, and the values they espoused. Its story is a fundamental part of American culture.
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