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Bet You Didn't Know: Thanksgiving
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Find out which traditional recipes weren't served at the first Thanksgiving celebration.
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.
Thanksgiving Becomes a Holiday
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Early Puritans observed Thanksgiving days of prayer, but Sarah Josepha Hale's crusade for a national day of thanks is what ultimately gave us Thanksgiving.
Deconstructing History: Mayflower
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How many people were on the Mayflower? And how long did it take for them to get to Plymouth? Get the facts.
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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 the Thanksgiving Day Parade
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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been marching since 1924.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
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The Thanksgiving Day Parade is a 48-hour whirlwind of activity.
Thanksgiving Day Parade Tech
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At the Macy's Studio in Hoboken, NJ, technicians work year round to construct floats and balloons for the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
First Football Broadcast
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The University of Detroit Stadium hosted the first broadcasted Thanksgiving Day football game in 1934, pitting the Detroit Lions against the Chicago Bears and sparking a new tradition.
Pumpkin PieVideo Clip (3:18)
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The Little Pie company in New York City bakes over 5,000 pumpkin pies every Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving TurkeyVideo Clip (3:31)
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Deep frying turkeys is a southern trend that is now spreading across the United States.
Here Come the Cowboys
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The Detroit Lions have been playing football on Thanksgiving Day since 1934. But what about the Cowboys? NFL Films researcher Chris Willis and football commentator Sal Paolantonio explain how the Dallas Cowboys joined in the Detroit Lions' tradition.
Pilgrims in America
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The first Pilgrims in America were nearly defeated by the harsh conditions they faced when they arrived in New England.
Turkey TechVideo Clip (1:14)
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At the Jennie-O turkey store, getting hens from the farm to your table is a highly specialized process.
TurduckenVideo Clip (1:24)
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Hebert's Meats in Lousiana claims to have been the first to create this 18-pound combination of duck, chicken and turkey.
Jennie-O TurkeyVideo Clip (1:30)
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Find out how the Jennie-O turkey store prepares for the Thanksgiving rush.
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In 1621, Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest feast, acknowledged as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations.Go
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