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American stereotype: All Black Pilgrim Attire

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Language Arts And English +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Every year near Thanksgiving, images of our Pilgrims father begin to proliferate showing them as very austere and wearing only black clothing. This learning lab introduces images of Pilgrims that are compared with written primary sources. It was customary in the 17th century to inventory all the belongings of the deceased before they were distributed to the heirs. These inventories and the wills themselves provide detailed information about the attire of everyday Pilgrims of this period.