Thanksgiving as a National Holiday

Before Thanksgiving became a National Holidy, there were numerous unofficial celebrations in the United States.

During the Civil War, one of President Lincoln’s concerns was uniting the country.

Sarah J. Hale, a poet and editor, was lobbbying for a national holiday of Thanksgiving. President Lincoln discussed the subject with Hale and later made his Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863, declaring the last Thursday in November as the day of Thanksgiving.


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