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November 21, 2007

Meaning of Thanksgiving

Filed under: Politics, Religion, Society — Joe De Luca @ 9:22 pm

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. But, do we really know what that means?

Thanksgiving is not unique to the US. Over the course of time, countless cultures around the globe have celebrated some form of Thanksgiving, or harvest festival, whether religious or secular.

In the U.S. it can be traced back to 1619 Berkeley Hundred Virginia, and 1621 Plymouth Massachusetts. Other notes: in 1789, President George Washington issued the first Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation, in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln made it a national holiday, and in 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the date to a week prior. It was changed back to the fourth Thursday of November in 1941.

Oh wait! I almost forgot the massacres of the Indians. Follow the link and learn what they don’t teach us in school. The Real Story of Thanksgiving


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