Since The First Thanksgiving, American Food Has Been Immigrant Food
In this episode of "Americanize Me," we head to Plymouth to learn the immigrant history of the Thanksgiving dinner.By Noor Tagouri | November 17, 2016
America is a country of immigrants. And that includes your food. Immigration is the pulse of our nation. The heartbeat that drives almost all of culture. It's in our language, our music, our customs and especially on our plates. In "Americanize Me," we're getting a taste of our melting pot, salad bowl —whatever your preferred metaphor.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, most Americans are used to a storyline that isn't entirely true. So that's why today we're bringing you to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where it all began. In this season finale of "Americanize Me," we're going to dig into the truth behind the holiday and discover how American your Thanksgiving meal actually is.
The true story goes a little something like this. In 1621, the Pilgrims in New England had their first successful harvest, and their governor, William Bradford, called for a celebration. At the time, the colony had some Native American allies, including the Wampanoag tribe chief, Massasoit. During the celebration, guns were fired. And Massasoit got word, thought there was a fight going on, and he and about 90 of his men came to help. Instead, they found the Pilgrims rejoicing about their harvest.