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Let's do the numbers on Thanksgiving
The “Make Me Smart” team is taking some time to rest over the holiday, so our newsletter is a bit shorter than normal. We hope you enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends. Here are some numbers to kick off the weekend.
Although many U.S. history books recognize this as the year of the first Thanksgiving, when Native Americans shared food with English settlers known as the Pilgrims, the Wampanoag Nation had a long tradition of redistributing a portion of their harvests and hunts to those in need. And contrary to the Thanksgiving myth, the Wampanoag people
did not help the starving Pilgrims out of generosity. It was a political move intended to fend off rival Native tribes and other Europeans who had enslaved members of the Wampanoag. Many Native Americans observe the fourth Thursday of November as a day of mourning
for the genocide and seizure of their lands that occurred in the decades after the Pilgrims arrived.
The increase in the price of turkey over the last two years. In last week’s “Make Me Smart” newsletter, we wrote about how the costs for almost all the typical dishes served on Thanksgiving have gone up. Our friends at NPR have a guide on substitutions that can make your meal (comparatively) inflation-proof.
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Avoid family feuds at the dinner table
Newsletter writer Ellen Rolfes (hi!) recommends this Washington Post story about how to not fight with family members on Thanksgiving by steering away from certain topics. (It’s not just about avoiding politics.)
On upward mobility
Producer Dylan Miettinen recommends this Pudding interactive that will show you how the neighborhood you grew up in impacts your future economic success.