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Thanksgiving – A National Holiday

November13

When we sit down to our family feast at Thanksgiving, we owe the national celebration of this holiday to Sara Josepha Hale.

For thirty-six years, Sara wrote to diplomats, businessmen, admirals, governors, and presidents asking for their support for a national Thanksgiving holiday. After Presidents Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan ignored her request, Abraham Lincoln considered it. Our country was in the midst of the Civil War, and he felt that it was important to celebrate a day of thanks. His proclamation declared that Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the last Thursday of November.

Sarah also helped to have Bunker Hill and Mount Vernon designated as national landmarks.

Sarah Gives Thanks by Mike Allegra, illustrated by David Gardner (Albert Whitman, 2012)

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