Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience

Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience

Melanie Kirkpatrick / Nov 16, 2019

Thanksgiving The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience We all know the story of Thanksgiving Or do we This uniquely American holiday has a rich and little known history beyond the famous feast of In Thanksgiving award winning author Melanie Kirkpatr

  • Title: Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience
  • Author: Melanie Kirkpatrick
  • ISBN: 9781594038938
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We all know the story of Thanksgiving Or do we This uniquely American holiday has a rich and little known history beyond the famous feast of 1621.In Thanksgiving, award winning author Melanie Kirkpatrick journeys through four centuries of history, giving us a vivid portrait of our nation s best loved holiday Drawing on newspaper accounts, private correspondence, historiWe all know the story of Thanksgiving Or do we This uniquely American holiday has a rich and little known history beyond the famous feast of 1621.In Thanksgiving, award winning author Melanie Kirkpatrick journeys through four centuries of history, giving us a vivid portrait of our nation s best loved holiday Drawing on newspaper accounts, private correspondence, historical documents, and cookbooks, Thanksgiving brings to life the full history of the holiday and what it has meant to generations of Americans.Many famous figures walk these pages Washington, who proclaimed our first Thanksgiving as a nation amid controversy about his Constitutional power to do so Lincoln, who wanted to heal a divided nation sick of war when he called for all Americans North and South to mark a Thanksgiving Day FDR, who set off a debate on state s rights when he changed the traditional date of Thanksgiving.Ordinary Americans also play key roles in the Thanksgiving story the New England Indians who boycott Thanksgiving as a Day of Mourning Sarah Josepha Hale, the nineteenth century editor and feminist who successfully campaigned for Thanksgiving to be a national holiday the 92nd Street Y in New York City, which founded Giving Tuesday, an online charity established in the long tradition of Thanksgiving generosity Kirkpatrick also examines the history of Thanksgiving football and, of course, Thanksgiving dinner.While the rites and rituals of the holiday have evolved over the centuries, its essence remains the same family and friends feasting together in a spirit of gratitude to God, neighborliness, and hospitality Thanksgiving is Americans oldest tradition Kirkpatrick s enlightening exploration offers a fascinating look at the meaning of the holiday that we gather together to celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November.With Readings for Thanksgiving Day designed to be read aloud around the table.

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    492 Comments

    1. In early October, I found myself and my two cats evacuating with neighbors from Atlantic Beach, FL, to Orlando, to escape hurricane Matthew. On the last Thursday of November, I will sit down with these same neighbors to share a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude: my neighbors and I (and the cats) were spared the hurricane’s wrath. Along with pumpkin pie and a bottle of wine, I’m bringing to the celebration author Melanie Kirkpatrick’s excellent book, Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart [...]


    2. This was a precious book from start to finish. The book covers the history of Thanksgiving, which doesn't sound very interesting, but it was full of fun facts and things I didn't know. She even covers sensitive subjects, such as how Native Americans feel about Thanksgiving. I was surprised to find how common feasts of thanks were, and that the Pilgrims and Wampanoags weren't the first ones to have a shared dinner of thanks in this country. I highly recommend this book to everyone.


    3. Although this was a Thanksgiving book it did take me much longer to finish it due to the fact that I have been working longer hours and basically using any non-working hours to sleep it out. So although the book wasn't completed by Thanksgiving it still brought a wonderful message as well as a complete history on the topic, which can be enjoyed any time of the year. The author had acknowledged that her book although starting out historically was going to be a leap-around and even though sometime [...]


    4. Nice overview of the holiday with readings and recipes, but a couple glaring omissions. In her discussion of the origin of Thanksgiving, the author does not address the fact that the Puritans saw themselves as biblical children of Israel reliving the Exodus and coming to the promised land and thus Thanksgiving was part of their attempt to celebrate the Jewish harvest festival Sukkot (more info for example here: hebrew4christians/Holi). In her discussion of the modern celebrations, I also thought [...]


    5. Wow!!!! I am sad to say that I had no idea that there was so much controversy over the years concerning our beloved holiday of Thanksgiving. I am very grateful to Melanie Kirkpatrick for all of her research. I learned a lot and I am very happy to add this to my library for future references. I am also grateful for all of those who have been daring pilgrims throughout the history of our amazing country and often feel guilty for all the comfort I enjoy because of others sacrifices.


    6. This book was so clearly biased that it was difficult to read. Though containing interesting historical vignettes, the chapter on Native Americans betrays Kirkpatrick’s solid conservative bias. Her tangents on the failings of American public education and the ridiculousness of feeling white guilt are laughable. The best things about this book are what the author didn’t control: the beautiful paper used and elegant cover design.


    7. Well-researched and well-written account of the history of the holiday. In some places the author could have been more cogent, but overall this was very well done and I want to buy my own copy for my American history collection.




    8. Great history of the origins of Thanksgiving and about all the many traditions of the holiday people have celebrated over the years and how football became popular to play and watch during the holiday and that the Pilgrims and the Native Americans weren't the first group of people to observe it or started the tradition


    9. I picked this up for myself and loved it! I think it would make a great hostess gift, I'm going to pick up a few more copies for all our Thanksgiving events! I love knowing more about where this beloved (and delicious) holiday comes from, and the drawings throughout this book are so pretty.


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