What is the meaning of Thanksgiving in the USA?
Since the late 20th century, the event celebrated as the first Thanksgiving has been debated in the United States. Many Native Americans argue against the romanticized story of the Wampanoag celebrating together with the colonists. Some claim that colonial documents make no mention of such an event, but there are two known primary accounts of the 1621 event. Others say that the first “thanksgiving” occurred two decades later and shortly after the Pequot War in 1637.The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest.
On October 6, 1941, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution fixing the traditional last-Thursday date for the holiday beginning in 1942. However, in December of that year the Senate passed an amendment to the resolution that split the difference by requiring that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November, which was sometimes the last Thursday and sometimes (less frequently) the next to last. The amendment also passed the House, and on December 26, 1941, President Roosevelt signed this bill, for the first time making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law and fixing the day as the fourth Thursday of November.
During a period of renewed activism for Indian rights, in 1970, several Native American organizations declared Thanksgiving the National Day of Mourning.
Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented the President of the United States with one live turkey and two dead ones in a ceremony known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. John F Kennedy was the first president reported to spare the life of the turkey given to him, and Ronald Reagan was the first to grant the turkey a presidential pardon. George H. W. Bush made the turkey’s pardon a permanent annual tradition. The pardoned turkeys are sent to a farm to be pampered for the rest of their lives.
Thanksgiving is not about the American eagle , IT IS ABOUT TURKEYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!