After several years of grueling Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaims the last Thursday of November 1863 to be set aside as a day of Thanksgiving in order to create a sense of unity in the broken country. The tradition became widespread in the 1870s, and to this day, people all across the United States celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. Read more about it!
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- October 3, 1863. President Abraham Lincoln proclaims Thanksgiving a national holiday, to be celebrated the last Thursday of November.
- Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving is celebrated.
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Sample Articles from Chronicling America:
- "A Proclamation,"
The Smoky Hill and Republican Union (Junction City, KS),
October 17, 1863, Page 1, Image 1, col. 5.
- "Centennial Thanksgiving Ode,"
The Weekly Kansas Chief (Troy, KS),
November 30, 1876, Page 1, Image 1, col. 3.
- "It Is Like a Carnival,"
The Columbus Journal (Columbus, NE),
November 28, 1888, Page 1, Image 1, col. 4-5.
- "A Thanksgiving Harvest,"
Omaha Daily Bee (Omaha, NE),
November 21, 1897, Part III, Page 20, Image 20, col. 1-3.
- "History of the Day,"
Marietta Daily Leader (Marietta, OH),
November 29, 1900, Page 6, Image 6, col. 5.
- "The Thanksgiving Dinner,"
The San Francisco Call (San Francisco, CA),
November 24, 1901, Page 17, Image 17, col. 1-7.
- "Thanksgiving a Celebration Peculiar to the Nation,"
The Saint Paul Globe (St. Paul, MN),
November 22, 1903, Page 12, Image 12, col. 1-7.
- "Appointing the Day of Thanksgiving,"
The Rice Belt Journal (Welsh, Calcasieu Parish, LA),
November 22, 1907, Page 7, Image 7, col. 6-7.
- ""Not Withstanding a Few Drawbacks, There Is Still Much to Be Thankful for This Winter","
New-York Daily Tribune (New York, NY),
November 20, 1910, Page 17, Image 17, col. 1.
- "The Meaning of Thanksgiving Day,"
The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN),
November 29, 1917, Page 6, Image 6, col. 4-6.
- "City Solemnly Gives Thanks for Victory,"
New-York Tribune (New York, NY),
November 29, 1918, Page 1, Image 1, col. 3.
- "President's Thanksgiving Proclamation,"
The Citizen (Berea, KY),
November 18, 1920, Page 1, Image 1, col. 3-5.