Thanksgiving, and the Religious Awakening of Abraham Lincoln

Thanksgiving is one of the “high holidays” of America’s civic life.  While proclamations of national days of thanksgiving went back to George Washington, the holiday didn’t become an official feature of the American calendar until, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the holiday would fall on “the last Thursday of…

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The Bible and the Founders, Part 3—Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Thanksgiving is among the most American of American holidays.  While it was not celebrated as an annual national holiday until 1863, the origins of the holiday are found in a proclamation by George Washington in the first year of his presidency.  The proclamation is full of biblical language and religious…

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