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The 1621 Project: Why Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday

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Today, the country celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving holiday. Families will unite, perhaps for the first time in over a year, gather around the dinner table, and eat turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pie. As this has long been a yearly custom in the country, it is also important to pay mind to the origins of the holiday.

Initially celebrated in November 1621, the Wampanoag tribe and the Pilgrims celebrated the first successful autumn harvest. Unbeknownst to the attendees at the time, they set the foundation for creating a new society.

The Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock in 1620 is one of the most pivotal moments in Western civilization. Their joint celebration with the Wampanoag in 1621 embarked them on a new project. This 1621 Project would lay the foundations for the future........

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