Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

“a national holiday”

with regional characteristics Thanksgiving Day was celebrated 150 years ago today across the United State. The New-York Times thought that the observance was almost beyond the need for presidential or gubernatorial proclamations. Thanksgiving was becoming “a national holiday” anticipated by … Continue reading

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non-turkey day

A century ago some people in Georgia weren’t counting on turkey for Thanksgiving Day. World War was raging one hundred years ago. Perusing the rest of the December 2, 1917 Rotogravure Picture Section in The New-York Times, I was somewhat … Continue reading

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thanks for the schooling

The seventh Thanksgiving since Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States. President Andrew Johnson unobstreperously followed Mr. Lincoln’s example by proclaiming a national commemoration. According to an editorial in The New-York Times all the states went along, except … Continue reading

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it was all worth it

The war has been worth all that it cost the nation; the sacrifice has been great, but the benefit greater. President Andrew Johnson proclaimed December 7, 1865 a national Day of Thanksgiving. I don’t know if the first part of … Continue reading

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no malice, just fact

From The New-York Times November 26, 1865: THE ANDERSONVILLE PRISON.; A Careful and Accurate Survey of the Place. Nature and Condition of the Surrounding Country.The Military Arrangements for the Care of Prisoners. Fearful Revelations of the Character of Their Treatment.Irresistible … Continue reading

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“From Maine to California”

150 years ago today was the day President Lincoln proclaimed as a day of Thanksgiving. The New-York Times saw it as a day that helped unite the states and parties and hoped it would remain a grand national holiday. From … Continue reading

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“oblations to themselves”

Unsurprisingly, a Richmond paper was thankful the South wasn’t like Yankeedom. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 10, 1864: Thursday morning….November 10, 1864. Lincoln’s thanksgiving day. We observe that Lincoln, with commendable gratitude, has issued his proclamation for a day … Continue reading

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not jostled – thanks!

From The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Seven: RECOMMENDATION OF THANKSGIVING. EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON, May 9, 1864 TO THE FRIENDS OF UNION AND LIBERTY: Enough is known of army operations, within the last five days, to claim our … Continue reading

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NYC “wore a holiday face”

A “purposely observed” Thanksgiving President Lincoln proclaimed it back in October. 150 years ago today the North celebrated a “day of thanksgiving and prayer”. Here’s a bit from a pretty much pro-Lincoln Administration newspaper in New York City. It was … Continue reading

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“gracious gifts”

150 years ago today President Lincoln proclaimed another day of thanksgiving for 1863. From The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Six: PROCLAMATION FOR THANKSGIVING, OCTOBER 3, 1863. BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AMERICA: A Proclamation. The … Continue reading

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