Tag Archives: Sarah Josepha Hale

Thanksgiving and Many Meanings

Thanksgiving day has had many meanings throughout American history. Four years after the end of the Civil War, Thomas Nast created this cartoon titled “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Dinner.” Two symbols of America are depicted at the ends of the table. … Continue reading

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Mother of Thanksgiving: Sarah Josepha Hale

Thanksgiving Day has a mother, a proper Victorian women, arguably one of most powerful magazine editors in the mid-1800s–Sarah Josepha Hale, who for forty years ceaselessly campaigned for the establishment of a National Thanksgiving, at a time when Americans had … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

  Thanksgiving has a godmother–Sarah Josepha Hale, an influential 19th century magazine editor who warranted her own chapter in my book, “Thanksgiving: The True Story”. Her 40-year campaign culminated in President Lincoln resuming the practice of declaring a national day … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: The True Story

 I had a stimulating time yesterday with the engaged & engaging readers in the SESCIL Book Group who had read my book, “Thanksgiving: The True Story.” Here is what Thanksgiving meant to Sarah Josepha Hale, the 19th century godmother of … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving and long weekends

Last week, Monica Hesse, a reporter for “The Washington Post,” interviewed me about the origins of Thanksgiving, in particular–why Thursday.  She was great fun to talk with and her article, “Thanksgiving and the history of America’s long weekend”  is a … Continue reading

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Radio Interview Thanksgiving: The True Story

You can listen to a lively radio interview I did with Dov Hirsch, creator and host of Crop to Cuisine on my podcast at www.pennycolman. com There are three parts: “Thanksgiving the True Story by Penny Colman;” “Penny Colman on … Continue reading

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