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Thanksgiving and Women's History

Celebrate Thanksgiving with About Women's History.

Thanksgiving Letter
Copy of a letter sent by Sarah Josepha Hale, magazine editor, to President Abraham Lincoln, credited with inspiring him to declare a national day of Thanksgiving.

Our National Thanksgiving
This 1858 magazine column written by Sarah Josepha Hale was part of Hale's campaign to get Thanksgiving accepted as a national holiday in the United States. It was first published in the women's magazine that Hale edited, "Godey's Lady's Book."

Over the River and Through the Wood: the Story of Lydia Maria Child
Story of the author of the 1844 poem, "A Boy's Thanksgiving." She is not well known today, but in her time, Lydia Maria Child was a well-known writer of novels, advice books, and anti-slavery tracts.

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
Louisa May Alcott wrote this short story on Thanksgiving. It was first published in 1881. The image shows a bit about how Thanksgiving was envisioned at the end of the 19th century.

A Boy's Thanksgiving Day
This one's the shorter version of Lydia Maria Child's poem that begins, "Over the river and through the wood."

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