The Thanksgiving holiday has a long and complicated place in United States history, however, it is often presented to the American people as a simple narrative and more importantly as a story we have been telling since the arrival of Europeans in the Western Hemisphere.
For this week’s assignment, review the list of sources below and determine which of these sources you find most credible. Then use at least two of the sources below, plus one additional source that you locate on your own to answer the following prompt:
The Thanksgiving holiday might be viewed as having both negative and positive aspects in establishing ideas of American identity: In what way is the holiday a negative? How might it likewise be viewed as positive? And given these differing positions, what do we do with this holiday, how should we celebrate it? (400 words)
Be sure to include a works cited so we know which sources you are working with.
An A response will address all aspects of the prompt and use specifics drawn from the sources to explain its conclusions, while meeting the word count.
A B response will significantly address prompt, but may not address all aspects of it or may not use specifics drawn from 3 sources. Responses in this range may not meet the word count.
A C response will not significantly address the prompt and or not use specifics drawn from the sources, or may not meet the word count.
A D or lower on this assignment will indicate a lack of engagement with the prompt on most levels.
A zero will be award for a lack of submission.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2017/11/23/everyones-history-matters-and-wampanoag-indian-thanksgiving-story-deserves-be-known/ (Links to an external site.)
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/11/thanksgiving-belongs-wampanoag-tribe/602422/ (Links to an external site.)
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/native-american-perspective-fast-turtle-wampanoag-tribe-member/ (Links to an external site.)
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thanksgiving-myth-and-what-we-should-be-teaching-kids-180973655/ (Links to an external site.)
https://fortune.com/2017/11/21/thanksgiving-myths-legends-and-lies-why-settlers-really-started-the-annual-feast/ (Links to an external site.)
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/11/151121-first-thanksgiving-pilgrims-native-americans-wampanoag-saints-and-strangers/ (Links to an external site.)
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/11/25/the-invention-of-thanksgiving (Links to an external site.)
The First Thanksgiving: What Really Happenedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ociHVDWxDaY
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