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A Richmond editorial (1864) targets Lincoln’s Thanksgiving

November 25, 2015 by


As my previous Thanksgiving posts show, I’m always fascinated over how there is this back and forth between Virginia and Massachusetts when it comes to Thanksgiving. I’m sure this year will see the same old posts on Facebook, arguing that Berkeley Hundred was the actual “first” Thanksgiving. Of course, as I’ve pointed out before (2010), it’s […]

Stonewall Jackson’s sister-in-law on… Thanksgiving.

November 27, 2014 by


For a number of years I’ve posted different perspectives on Thanksgiving (here, here, and here, for example), and usually related to “Southern memory”. Ultimately, there seems to be a tug of war between traditional and historic firsts. Yet, while there are those who stand resistant to the tradition inspired by Massachusetts Bay’s Puritans, perhaps they shouldn’t […]

Thanksgiving…a Sesqui moment, and giving credit where credit is due

November 28, 2013 by


Yes, I know… a lot of people issued proclamations of thanksgiving before President Abraham Lincoln. I’ve seen several posting tidbits about it on Facebook. I don’t know how many have noted that the claim belongs to… Lincoln… and, yes, he was a person in power who could and did put the wheels in motion to […]

Does the South have more ties to New England-focused Thanksgiving than realized?

November 26, 2013 by


Plimoth (Plymouth)… or Jamestown… or Berkeley Hundred? A few years ago, I covered the complexities behind “who had the first Thanksgiving”, but there’s something else worth noting. Despite a mindset among some that seems to distance both the Massachusetts Bay colonists from the Virginia Colony colonists, the lines that seem to have only been blurred over time, […]

It’s Thanksgiving week… and where, really, was the first?

November 21, 2010 by


As we begin to enter Thanksgiving week, I’m wondering… where, really, was the first “thanksgiving”? Well, technically, we have to narrow this down. Since the first thanksgiving in North America was… well, hold on a sec… …wasn’t the first thanksgiving in North America experienced in 1541 by Coronado’s party after crossing the Llano Estacado in […]

Turkey leftovers… yippeee!

November 27, 2008 by


Just wanted to say… I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving! Thanks also for those who follow this blog and take the time to comment! Now that the big meal is done, I need to make a run to the grocery store and get some pumpernickel and swiss cheese… I love leftover turkey with swiss on pumpernickel (and I […]


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