Commentary: Thinking Thanksgiving (Nov. 23, 2022)


November 23, 2022

The 400th anniversary of what is generally considered the birth of our Thanksgiving holiday actually took place last year.

But a lot of us were still fighting our way out of the COVID pandemic then and, well, we kind of missed that moment.

Fact is, in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and their Wampanoag neighbors (who had helped them survive the previous winter) shared an autumn feast to celebrate the bountiful harvest they had enjoyed, which is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.

Without delving too deep into historical minutiae, we’ll simply...

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