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Will the Real First Thanksgiving Please Stand Up?

So wrote Puritan separatist Edward Winslow from Plymouth Colony in a letter to a friend in 1621, and this is the earliest known written account of what constitutes American Thanksgiving in the imaginations of people worldwide. Not that there’s universal agreement on the date of America’s first Thanksgiving. In a very good essay on the history of Thanksgiving, the Plimoth Planation website notes

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