Thanksgiving, and our nation’s deeply divided moments; the history or our traditions

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Happy Thanksgiving! The folks over at We’re History have treated us with an interesting essay that argues that Thanksgiving was born and evolved within the context of our nation’s “deeply divided” moments. If so, it seems like these are perfect times for us all to enjoy and appreciate this national holiday.

And on a lighter note,  here is the history behind five of our Thanksgiving traditions, from football to the Macy’s Parade.

And while we are on the parade, here’s a nice photographic collection and history of the spectacle. (I had the good fortune of freezing to death one Thanksgiving day on a NYC street to watch this bands and floats go by . . . and it was worth every minute. Put it on your “bucket list.”

What’s the history behind those presidential pardons of Turkeys?

And lastly, how about 5 family dinners in art history that will make you grateful for your own.

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