Word Clouds

1890-1920 Wordcloud

This word cloud focuses on the older collection of Thanksgiving menus; from 1890-1920. 

Many of the words that appear in this cloud are mostly related to family and religion.

The words that should be given attention to are church, service, god, mr, mrs, and time. These words show the family dynamic and/or the values that Thanksgiving held during the time period. 

2010-2018 Wordcloud

This word cloud focuses on the modern collection of Thanksgiving menus; from 2010-2018.

Many of the words that appear in this cloud are mostly related to family and being American.

The words that should be given attention to are American, home, holiday, food, and sales. These words show the family dynamic of modern Thanksgiving, where the day is more oriented towards being a relaxing holiday than a day for service.

COMPARING

The difference between the two word clouds are primarily the words that are given the most attention to. In the old menus words such as church, service, and God held more priority whereas in the modern menus words such as American, holiday, family and sales were given more priority. The only common word that was emphasized between the two was people. 

The difference in words between the two word clouds represent the difference of Thanksgiving values between the two time periods. During the earlier time periods, people were more concerned with service than spending the day relaxing at home or shopping during the sales. Presently, Thanksgiving has become a holiday rather than an occasion - where people spend time with family and end the day by going shopping. 

Overall, the whole concept of being American has changed in regards to Thanksgiving between the two time periods, but the basic concept of dedicating the day to people remains the same.