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'The blessing of fruitful fields and healthful skies': Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 19, 2023 |

Photo credit: Painting of Pres Lincoln by artist W.F.K.Travers, National Portrait Gallery.

At the height of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving proclamation to encourage Americans “in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea, and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer.” Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving each year since.

We (USA TODAY Network Atlantic Group Editorial Board, present Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation in the spirit of this important American holiday. Read More: Click Here

NJ SEED: This week when we celebrate Thanksgiving in a deeply divided nation, it is worth taking three minutes to read the words of Lincoln.

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