Giving Thanks written by Sandra L. Oliver and Kathleen Curtin, Giving Thanks explores the history of America’s homey holiday.
•Entrées at the first harvest feast at Plymouth Colony in 1621: venison, waterfowl and (perhaps) turkey.
•Diners didn’t fret about which fork to use; colonists and Warmpanoag guests had only “knives, spoons and fingers.”
•In 1876, 13 years after Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday, the first Thanksgiving Day college football game was held. Yale beat Princeton.
•The “fancy new food” on holiday tables in the 19th century: celery.