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

The Meaning of Thanksgiving Day

Amy A. Kass & Leon Kass

Why do we have national public holidays? What does each—and what do all—contribute to our common life as Americans? The American Calendar explores the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.

Celebrating Thanksgiving Day
Why does a proud, independent, and religiously diverse nation institute a day of national thanksgiving? Learn about the idea and practice of this most beloved holiday, celebrated in unison but in the privacy of our homes.

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