A Political and Culinary History of Thanksgiving

A Political and Culinary History of Thanksgiving

We explore the evolution of Thanksgiving across American cultural and culinary history.

American Thanksgiving traditions are typically traced back to the Pilgrims and the country's earliest days. But the holiday's unique place in American culture came much later-- in the decades before and after the Civil War. We track the evolution of Thanksgiving across American history, and explore how government and politics shape our culinary traditions.

Guests

Andrew F. Smith

Author, "Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine" (Columbia University Press); Executive Editor, "The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America" (Oxford University Press)

Alice Kamps

Curator, National Archives and Records Administration

Related Links

Read an Excerpt: "Eating History" by Andrew Smith

Excerpted from "Eating History" by Andrew Smith. Copyright (c) 2009 Andrew Smith. Used by arrangement with Columbia University Press:

What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?

Running through January 3, 2012 at the National Archives, this exhibit explores how government policies have affected our eating habits and food traditions.

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