The CLR wishes all its followers a Happy Thanksgiving. To relieve the anticipation of the CLR’s next scintillating post, here is a short, 750 character review of the History of the Thanksgiving Holiday:
Thanksgiving is steeped in US history, starting with the familiar three-day feast between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe in 1621. In 1789 George Washington held a national day of thanks. Hoping to create a sense of national unity, Sarah Josepha Hale, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” convinced Lincoln to issue the first Proclamation making it a national annual holiday in 1863. In 1939, businesses wanted a longer shopping season. FDR accommodated and moved the day from the last day of November to the second to last. In the confusion, school calendars, football games, and individual states all had to choose what day to celebrate. Colorado and Texas were the only two states to celebrate both days. The extra week of shopping had no measurable effect on spending. In 1941, Congress declared Thanksgiving to be the fourth Thursday of November.