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Lincoln and Thanksgiving: The Origin of an American Holiday

Melanie Kirkpatrick

The very first Thanksgiving happened almost 400 years ago—long before the nation was born. How did it evolve into America’s quintessential national holiday? Credit largely goes to two people—one, a name you know; the other, you’ve probably never heard—but should. Melanie Kirkpatrick explains how a harvest party between Pilgrims and Indians became our oldest national tradition.

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