Thanksgiving Day History

Thanksgiving Day HistoryThe Pilgrims who sailed to America were originally members of the English Separatist Church. In the hope of a better life in, they took the help of a London stock company to move out to America. They reached Plymouth in 1620. There, they had to face a terrible winter. But fortune turned in their favor and the harvest of the next year was bumper.
And the remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast -- including 91 Indians who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year. It is believed that the Pilgrims would not have made it through the year without the help of the natives. The feast was more of a traditional English harvest festival than a true "thanksgiving" observance.
George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, although some were opposed to it. President Thomas Jefferson scoffed at the idea of having a day of thanksgiving. It was Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, whose efforts eventually led to what we recognize as Thanksgiving. After a 40-year campaign of writing editorials and letters to governors and presidents, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.

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