Throwback Thursday: Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln is certainly best known for his Emancipation Proclamation, which helped to end slavery in the United States. But he also issued the Thanksgiving Proclamation, a document which forever set aside the final Thursday in November as American Thanksgiving (later changed to the fourth Thursday of the month.)

The proclamation is a beautifully crafted document which begins with “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies” and ends with a prayer to preserve and restore the nation from the Civil War, which was in full force at the time. Dated October 3, 1863, the Thanksgiving Proclamation is a reminder of the reason for the season and the emotional climate in which the holiday was officially established.

Throwback Thursday: Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation | Strawberry Moon Blog

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