Sarah hale: the woman who made thanksgiving happen by rebecca price image of the letter sarah hale wrote to abraham lincoln on september 28, 1863 on october 3, 1863, five days after sarah. Hale's september 28, 1863, letter to lincoln, in which she argues to have the day of our annual thanksgiving made a national and fixed union festival, can be found online through the abraham lincoln papers at the library of congress. Hale wrote letters, and encouraged her readers to write letters, to state governors, politicians and every president from zachary taylor to lincoln, according to wood.
New hampshire native sarah josepha hale (1788-1879) led a civil war-era campaign to establish thanksgiving as a national holiday her letter to abraham lincoln is reprinted here. Permit me, as editress of the lady's book, to request a few minutes of your precious time, while laying before you a subject of deep interest to myself and -- as i trust -- even to the president of our republic, of some importance this subject is to have the day of our annual thanksgiving made a. In october, 1863, sarah j hale's fifteen year effort to have the last thursday of november become a nationally recognized day of thanksgiving became a reality when, in the midst of the civil war, lincoln issued a proclamation in response to ms hale's letter.
Thank sarah hale for your holiday now the purpose of this letter is to entreat president lincoln to put forth his proclamation, appointing the last thursday in. On september 28, 1863, sarah josepha buell hale wrote to president abraham lincoln the preserved letter is stored with the papers of abraham lincoln at the library of congress in her letter she wrote. Sarah josepha hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to lincoln on september 28, 1863, urging him to have the day of our annual thanksgiving made a national and fixed union festival. Of course, sarah hale was unable to avert those saddest years of american history, but in 1863, as civil war ravished the land, abraham lincoln did issue the proclamation hale had spent nearly 40 years and thousands of letters to procure.
Letter from sarah joseph hale to abraham lincoln, president of the united states from sarah j hale to abraham lincoln , september 28, 1863 private philadelphia, sept 28th 1863. Sarah hale set the table for america's thanksgiving after hale's sept 28 letter to him, lincoln issued a proclamation that declared the last thursday in november a national day of. Sarah josepha hale was born on hale's letter to lincoln is often cited as the main factor in his decision sarah hale national women's history museum.
Sarah hale talked president lincoln into thanksgiving holiday american history sarah hale talked president lincoln into thanksgiving holiday october 2, 2016. Huntington, ny - thanksgiving, giving thanks, family, nation, gratitude, grateful, history, goodwill, sarah josepha hale, abraham lincoln. Hale's historic letter sarah josepha hale decided to petition president lincoln for a national holiday-a day of thanks and, she got it she wrote the following excerpts to lincoln on september 28, 1863 and by october 3, 1863 lincoln agreed.
Her final letter to lincoln on the subject was mailed on september 28th, 1863 after reading it and thinking it over, on october 3rd, 1863, lincoln decided to declare. Students learn about sarah hale and how she saved thanksgiving then they write a persuasive letter of their own to try and make a difference in the world this packet includes: - character word splash - sequencing activity (could research dates to make a timeline) - link to the actual letter. Sarah josepha hale and abraham lincoln during the first two years of civil war, the leaders of the union and confederacy — abraham lincoln and jefferson davis--declared special days of thanksgiving for military victories. Sarah j hale wrote a letter to lincoln explaining, to make thanksgiving a national holiday 1877-01-04 17:53:58 retiring sarah j hale retired from magazine work two.