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A Visual History of Thanksgiving in the US

November 22, 2013

Written by

Christian Hirsch, Founder / CEO, PhD in CS

The history of Thanksgiving in the US is an infinitely fascinating one. From the first Thanksgiving in 1621, to President Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863, to the Thanksgiving dinners, parades, and sports of today, Thanksgiving embodies the human bonds that form as a result of generosity and kindness.

The history of Thanksgiving in the US is an infinitely fascinating one. From the first Thanksgiving in 1621, to President Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863, to the Thanksgiving dinners, parades, and sports of today, Thanksgiving embodies the human bonds that form as a result of generosity and kindness.

In honor of Thanksgiving, we have created a Mohiomap which outlines key aspects of this holiday. Have a look below and see if you can learn something new – it may be a new detail of the holiday’s rich history, awareness of a new sport to play during the season, or a new dish to cook for Thanksgiving dinner – and join the Evernote notebook below to visualize the content in your own Mohiomap account:

‍Thanksgiving in the US, visualized as a Mohiomap

The First Thanksgiving is dated back to 1621 when the pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony celebrated their first harvest with 90 members of the Wampanoag people (led by Chief Massasoit).

It was only until 1863, however, that Thanksgiving was proclaimed a national day by President Abraham Lincoln – but only after persistent advocation by Sarah Josepha Hale, sometimes referred to as ‘The Mother of Thanksgiving’.

Thanksgiving dinner is the focal point of modern day Thanksgiving. Turkey is commonly served, along with dishes such as mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. It is at Thanksgiving dinner where families traditionally say grace and give thanks.

Many sports are played during the Thanksgiving season, the most popular of which is American football. Turkey trots (footraces) are commonly run to burn off the calories from last night’s Thanksgiving dinner.

For some, the fourth Thursday of November is considered a reminder of the suffering of the Native American people and is used to promote the rights of the Native American people of today. This is a stark contrast to the many who see Thanksgiving as the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

To get a closer look at this Mohiomap, remember to join our public Thanksgiving in the US Evernote notebook, then create a Mohiomap account to visualize the notebook as a Mohiomap.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

About the author

Christian Hirsch, Founder / CEO, PhD in CS

While completing his PHD in Computer Science, Christian’s research work on the intersection of data visualization, software engineering, and knowledge management, led to the technological foundations of Mohiomap.

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