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Troy Bickham

Troy Bickham

Troy Bickham is a professor of history and director of the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. Having joined Texas A&M in 2003, he served in various roles at the university’s campus in Qatar from 2009-19, before returning to the Department of History. His most recent book, "Eating the Empire" (2020), investigates how food from around the world shaped British culture in the 18th century.

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Why is turkey the main dish on Thanksgiving?

By: - November 24, 2022

Have you ever wondered why Thanksgiving revolves around turkey and not ham, chicken, venison, beef or corn? Almost 9 in 10 Americans eat turkey during this festive meal, whether it’s roasted, deep-fried, grilled or cooked in any other way for the occasion. You might believe it’s because of what the Pilgrims, a year after they […]