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Thanksgiving - 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-1584658016

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ISBN13: 978-1584658016
ISBN10: 1584658010
Edition: 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: University Press of New England
Published: 2009
International: No

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Thanksgiving - 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-1584658016

James W. Baker and Peter J. Gomes

ISBN13: 978-1584658016
ISBN10: 1584658010
Edition: 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: University Press of New England
Published: 2009
International: No
Summary

''For good or ill Americans have always considered themselves exceptional. This remarkable self image first appeared on a fall day in 1621 when the Pilgrims gathered 'so [that] we might after a special manner rejoice together' and reflect on the 'special providence' God had granted them. Their Native American guests watched bemused. Like 'Camelot' Baker writes 'there once was a time when with the best intentions, two very different cultures came together.' From that moment on Thanksgiving has become the most persistent, if not controversial, celebration in America. Perfectly historical (mythological?) and encrusted over the centuries in hyperbole and invention, it has nonetheless survived as one of the least pretentious of all our national holidays dedicated to simple fare and family gathering. No one but Jim Baker could unravel the true meaning of this holiday with such expertise and grace. By explaining 'Thanksgiving' Baker goes to heart of revealing American character.''

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