Featured Documents: Congress Establishes Thanksgiving


Subject:
Holidays and Observances Individually , Thanksgiving

Description:
An essay on the establishment in the U.S. of Thanksgiving as a legal holiday, beginning with the original proclamation of Thursday, November 26, 1789, as a day of public Thanksgiving. A subsequent proclamation in 1939 moved Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of November (due to concerns about a shortened Christmas shopping season), and a 1941 resolution established "the fourth Thursday in November as the federal Thanksgiving Day holiday." From the National Archives.

Publisher:
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Language:
English

Source:
http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/thanksgiving/


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