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Thanksgivings Past: From Cranberry Health Scares to Unpardonable Turkeys

Political Thanksgivings are a lot like your family's celebrations. Some years it's just a peaceful sit-down and others it's chaos. Here are some images from Thanksgivings of yore, some serene and some decidedly less so. 

  1. The Other Red Scare (Part I)
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    The Other Red Scare (Part I)

    This 1959 political cartoon depicts that year's "Cranberry Crisis." It was feared that cranberries had been exposed to a carcinogenic chemical.
  2. The Other Red Scare (Part II)
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    The Other Red Scare (Part II)

    The FDA had to clear cranberries before they were sold.
  3. Reagan-nom-nom-nomics
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    Reagan-nom-nom-nomics

    The 1987 turkey wanted no part in President Ronald Reagan's pardoning.
  4. Presented With Poultry
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    Presented With Poultry

    Harry Truman examines a Thanksgiving bird presented to him by members of the turkey industry.
  5. Operation Dinner Storm
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    Operation Dinner Storm

    In 1990 George H.W. Bush ate Thanksgiving dinner with the troops.
  6. I Am Not A Cook
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    I Am Not A Cook

    In 1971, First Lady Pat Nixon accepted the live turkey.
  7. New Deal Meal
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    New Deal Meal

    Franklin Roosevelt carves the Thanksgiving Turkey at his Georgia retreat, Warm Springs.