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The Nation's First Thanksgiving: Not Just for Adults, says Portland Author
11/25/2011   Reported By: Irwin Gratz

In the fall of 1621--or so the story goes--the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving feast in North America. It was organized by the colony's governor, William Bradford, to celebrate a successful harvest after what had been a long and difficult year. The Pilgrims, a religious sect unhappy with their ability to keep their faith in Europe, had endured a difficult ocean crossing in the fall of 1620 and had landed far north of their intended destination, near the present-day New York. They wound up off the coast of present-day Massachusetts and settled, learning important lessons from Native Americans in the area, some of whom were invited to that first harvest feast.  But what about the kids? Portland author Phil Hoose tells their side of the story in his book "Were Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History."  We have Part 2 of Irwin Gratz's talk with the National Book Award winner.

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The Pilgrims came to America with their families and Portland author, Phil Hoose says that turned out to be a wise decision, In research for his book "We Were There, Too: Young People in U.S. History," Hoose, a National Book Award winner, says he came to realize the children proved hardier than their parents, surviving many of the illnesses that claimed adults on the arduous crossing and during the first year of settlement in North America.

But kids will be kids, as Hoose found out in accounts of what happened while an early scouting party went ashore in the fall of 1620.



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