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What proclamation did Abraham Lincoln issue in 1863 dealing with thanksgiving?


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Answered 2014-02-20 22:51:27

You are probably referring to his October 3, 1863 proclamation which made Thanksgiving a national holiday. Prior to that, states commemorated it at different times. Journalist and women's magazine editor Sara Josepha Hale was among those who had been strongly advocating for one specific day to be set aside nationally for a Thanksgiving observance, and her view had been gathering momentum. Then, in late 1863, President Lincoln made the national observance of Thanksgiving official.

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