Early Settlers of New England, an educational film produced in 1940, observes the daily lives of English settlers in the establishment of Naumkeag.
Located along the Massachusetts coast, subsistence in the small village came from fishing, “abandoned” corn and goat milk. As more colonists arrived and the infrastructure built-out, the town was re-christened Salem.
Salem would later be known for contaminated rye fields and witch trials, for which Arthur Miller’s The Crucible would be based.
Thanksgiving in 1951 might not be as different for many today as it was back then.
Bill Johnson’s family can’t afford a turkey this year. Dick, Tommy, Susan and Baby Janet are devastated.
But there is still much to be thankful for, especially in the shadow of what the world was like only a few short years before during World War II. At that time, it was a world of refugees, barbaric oppression, where starvation was rampant and life was cheap.