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Why Is Our Thanksgiving Bird Called a Turkey?
by Larry E. Tise

Answer: Because the Turks were the first Old Worlders to domesticate the bird.


The Truth About Thanksgiving Is that the Debunkers Are Wrong
by Jeremy Bangs

Setting people straight about Thanksgiving myths has become as much a part of the annual holiday as turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.


Thanksgiving Day Myths
by Timothy Walch

So what do most Americans believe happened on that first Thanksgiving Day?


Top 10 Myths About Thanksgiving
by Rick Shenkman

The Pilgrims didn't even hold the first Thanksgiving.



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  • The history of the presidential turkey pardon (11-29-09)
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  • 10 things you didn't know about Thanksgiving (11-27-08)
  • Claremont parents clash over kindergarten Thanksgiving costumes (11-25-08)
  • Learning more than history at Plimoth (11-24-08)
  • Truman never pardoned a turkey (11-21-07)
  • Plymouth: If not first in time, first in the country’s heart (11-20-07)
  • Godfrey Hodgson: Affectionately exploring how Thanksgiving changed through time (11-18-06)
  • ‘Desperate’ measures: History Channel reveals truth behind Pilgrims’ journey (11-18-06)
  • Feathers ruffled by book claiming to debunk 'myths' of first Thanksgiving (11-22-06)
  • Nathaniel Philbrick debunks Pilgrim myth (11-22-06)
  • Teachers emphasize the Indians' side (11-21-06)
  • Talking turkey about the REAL 1st Thanksgiving (11-19-06)
  • Then: revisiting the feasts of yore (11-19-06)
  • Thanksgiving story more myth than history (11-15-06)
  • Native Americans mourn loss of land with"Unthanksgiving" rite (11-24-05)
  • Florida experts insist first Thanksgiving here (11-24-05)

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  • Juan Cole:  Thanksgiving was always about Climate and Adaptation: Let’s Make it Green Again  (11-29-14)
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz:  The Myth of Thanksgiving (11-26-14)
  • William Loren Katz:  The Politics of Thanksgiving Day (11-15-14)
  • Larry E. Tise: Our Turkish-American Thanksgiving Bird (11-25-09)
  • Elyssa East: Thanksgiving, A Moveable Fast (11-23-09)
  • William Loren Katz: Thanksgiving mythology began with the first Thanksgiving (11-14-09)
  • Jerry Bower: Lessons From A Capitalist Thanksgiving (11-29-08)
  • Ira Stoll: Thanksgiving Actually Began at a Dark Hour During Our War for Independence (11-26-08)
  • Kenneth C. Davis: French Settlers Bested the Mayflower Pilgrims (11-26-08)
  • Larry E. Tise: Why Is Our Thanksgiving Bird Called a Turkey? (Answer: Because, Of Course, It Came from Turkey) (11-24-08)
  • Nathaniel Philbrick debunks Pilgrim myth [AUDIO] (11-24-06)
  • Robert Jensen: No Thanks to Thanksgiving (11-23-06)
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: How Dylan is a lot like Plymouth Rock (11-23-06)
  • WSJ: How the Pilgrims Made Progress (11-25-05)
  • James E. McWilliams: The Pilgrims Gave Thanks but Not for the Menu (11-24-05)
  • Melanie Kirkpatrick: The Surprising Origins of "We Gather Together," a Thanksgiving Standard (11-24-05)
  • John Tierney: That First Thanksgiving (11-24-05)
  • Jeremy Bangs: The Truth About Thanksgiving Is that the Debunkers Are Wrong (11-6-05)
  • Ralph Luker: Thanksgiving Evolved ... (11-25-04)
  • Timothy Walch: Thanksgiving Day Myths (11-25-02)
  • Rick Shenkman: Top 10 Myths About Thanksgiving (11-25-02)

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    Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs - 11/19/2007

    Time to crawl out from under my rock again. Several review articles of mine about Thanksgiving and related topics are posted at www.sail1620.org
    These include responses to the WSJ article of 2005, to the History Channel's "Untold Story" (2006), and to various misconceptions frequently found on websites for and against common ideas about the Pilgrims and their Thanksgiving. My book, of which drafts of the first two chapters are posted there, is about 20 pp. from being finished and should be available next year. Present working title:
    The Pilgrims, Leiden, and the Foundations of Plymouth Plantation.
    Jeremy Bangs, Director
    Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

    Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs - 11/19/2006

    For a scholarly re-examination of Pilgrim origins in England and Amsterdam you are welcome to read the first two chapters of a book I'm writing (The Pilgrims, Leiden, and the Early Years of Plymouth Plantation) - available online at: