The traditional holiday had its ambiguities. A Thanksgiving meal for a family of four, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cost 31% more than last year's. An expanding energy crisis presaged a problematical winter (see cover story page 29). In two New England states, Thanksgiving took particular lumps.

In Plymouth, Mass., where the holiday has been observed since 1621, disgruntled Indians insisted that this year's traditional, Pilgrim-dominated celebration take long-overdue notice of who taught the English intruders to plant corn in the first place. The city's religious sermon was delivered by...

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