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Archive for November 2010

From the Times to the Tomes: An Abridged History of Thanksgiving


Every Thanksgiving the same argument erupts at my house over one of the most “traditional” condiments in the typical Thanksgiving feast: the cranberry sauce. It goes like this: someone slaves over a stove for several hours perfecting and then chilling a usually delicious portion of the home-made stuff, soft ripened cranberries in a sauce sweetened with ample portions of sugar, and in some instances honey. Walnuts are added, maybe, to provide a little texture. It was a labor of love, you know, we’re all told after someone asks, “Where’s the traditional cranberry sauce?” You know, the real stuff—the stuff with the ridges and the texture of day old oysters—that unmistakable Thanksgiving staple in a can. And so, the argument begins between tradition and traditional...


November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas


Forty-seven years ago today John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas. He was the fourth President to be assassinated in office after Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield and William McKinley. Take some time today to reflect on a day that shook the American consciousness.


What’s coming this year on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE?


Every year AMERICAN EXPERIENCE works to bring our viewers a line up of films that reflect a wide swath of American history, from little known stories that inform contemporary America to biographies on American icons and fresh perspectives on familiar events. This year is no exception. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s 2011 line up examines events from across two centuries of American history, exploring pivotal moments in science, engineering, Civil Rights, labor movement, and America’s first foray into international disaster relief. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in the works for 2011...


JFK Speechwriter and Advisor, Theodore C. Sorensen, Dies at 82


The AMERICAN EXPERIENCE team had the pleasure of working with Mr. Sorenson during the making of The Kennedys and he was featured prominently in the film; he passed away yesterday due to complications from a stroke in New York City. Below are links some of the many remembrances of his life, including the full transcript of John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address written in part by Sorensen.