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Picturing The Past: Thanksgiving Day Tradition: Family, Food And Football


November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving in the United States traces its origin to 1621 when the Pilgrims at Plymouth celebrated a successful fall harvest. For more than 200 years the colonies and states held days of thanks on irregular dates. Congress and George Washington tried to establish Nov. 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day in 1789, but it was not until 1863 that President Lincoln officially proclaimed the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.

Then in 1939, a year that had five Thursdays in the month of November, President Roosevelt moved the holiday up in the month in an effort to lengthen...

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