TIL: Pumpkin pie became a popular dish during Civil War-era celebrations of Thanksgiving because pumpkins were grown on small farms, not plantations, making the pie a symbol of abolitionist virtue.

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  1. They actually became popular earlier, when the American colonists wanted to celebrate with a cake, but didn’t want to use English ingredients, so they opted for American ones. Pumpkin pie, roast turkey, and cranberry sauce replaced apple pie, roast goose, and plum pudding.

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