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From the Pilgrims' reasons for leaving Europe to the treacherous journey across the Atlantic, musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis puts to song the story of the Mayflower.
History of Thanksgiving
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Although Thanksgiving celebrations dated back to the first European settlements in America, it was not until the 1860s that Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November to be a national holiday.
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You know he had six wives, but there was a lot more to this famous king.
The English Reformation
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Henry VIII's marital problems lead to a break with the Catholic Church and decades of conflict as England becomes a Protestant nation.
Martin Luther Sparks a Revolution
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The German monk's questioning of Catholic dogma leads to the Protestant Reformation.
The Origins of Calvinism
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John Calvin's uncompromising doctrine of Predestination gains popularity in Europe and the New World.
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