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Brief History of Thanksgiving
Mayflower History ^ | Caleb Johnson

Posted on 11/26/2020 9:31:36 AM PST by Pollard

The tradition of the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving is steeped in myth and legend. Few people realize that the Pilgrims did not celebrate Thanksgiving the next year, or any year thereafter, though some of their descendants later made a "Forefather's Day" that usually occurred on December 21 or 22. Several Presidents, including George Washington, made one-time Thanksgiving holidays. In 1827, Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale began lobbying several Presidents for the creation of Thanksgiving as a national holiday, but her lobbying was unsuccessful until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln finally made it a national holiday.

Today, our Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday of November. This was set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 (approved by Congress in 1941), who changed it from Abraham Lincoln's designation as the last Thursday in November (which could occasionally end up being the fifth Thursday, and hence too close to Christmas for businesses). But the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving began at some unknown date between September 21 and November 9, most likely in very early October. The date of Thanksgiving was probably set by Lincoln to somewhat correlate with the anchoring of the Mayflower at Cape Cod, which occurred on November 21, 1620 (by our modern Gregorian calendar--it was November 11 to the Pilgrims who used the Julian calendar).

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: fdr; georgewashington; lincoln; mayflower; pilgrims; thanksgiving
Caleb Johnson's Mayflower/Plymouth history and genealogy website is well regarded by historians and genealogists interested in that era and location.
1 posted on 11/26/2020 9:31:36 AM PST by Pollard
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To: Pollard

They ate Indian corns?

I’m all for helping the Indians with their foot problems, but I think they should have thrown them away or used them for clam bait.


2 posted on 11/26/2020 9:57:21 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer”)
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clam bait?

You dig clams up on the beach. They breathe so you just look for bubbles coming up in the sand and start digging. Clam Dig is the term for the activity. Same way Mussels are gotten. I never was all that big on clams but the rest of my family was. I couldn’t stand the stomachs which is most of a clam.


3 posted on 11/26/2020 10:11:09 AM PST by Pollard (Bunch of curmudgeons)
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To: Pollard

I dig clams wherever I am, Daddy O.


4 posted on 11/26/2020 10:17:34 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer”)
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To: Pollard

Rush Limbaugh gives a historical review


5 posted on 11/26/2020 10:17:46 AM PST by mosesdapoet (mosesdapoet aka L.J.Keslin posting here for the record hoping somebody might read and pass around)
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To: Pollard

Rush Limbaugh - The True Story of THANKSGIVING
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jypqP3SgjqA


6 posted on 11/26/2020 10:24:03 AM PST by V K Lee ("VICTORY FOR THE RIGHTEOUS IS JUDGMENT FOR THE WICKED")
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To: Pollard

Gobble til you wobble.


7 posted on 11/26/2020 10:36:36 AM PST by umgud
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