Thanksgiving Turkey – 1900

"The Thanksgiving Turkey” by Alfred S. Campbell, c. 1900
“The Thanksgiving Turkey” by Alfred S. Campbell, c. 1900

“During the Civil War, President Lincoln declared a national day of thanksgiving in April 1862 and August 1863 (after Gettysburg), but it was his proclamation in November 1864 that set a precedent followed by all subsequent presidents. In 1941, Congress formally established the fourth Thursday in November as the nation’s Thanksgiving Day.”
– Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

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