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Thanksgiving myths debunked

Published On: Nov 19 2012 09:31:00 AM PST   Updated On: Oct 14 2013 02:11:52 PM PDT

Think you know the real story of Thanksgiving? You may have been taken in by these Thanksgiving myths.

Abraham Lincoln
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Library of Congress

Fact: That first "Thanksgiving" was actually a harvest feast -- a true thanksgiving holiday would have been a religious celebration, according to The History Channel. There was another feast held in 1623, and individual states and the federal government declared Thanksgiving holidays on occasion in the nation's early history. A few states made Thanksgiving a yearly observance in the early 1800s, but it didn't become an annual federal holiday until Abraham Lincoln's time, according to the Washington Post.

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