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From the Archives: Thanksgiving

But the person who pushed hardest and longest for Thanksgiving to become a national holiday is unknown to most Americans. Sarah Josepha Hale, the editor of Godey’s Ladies’ Book, and author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, began her one-woman crusade in 1827, saying, “We have too few holidays. Thanksgiving, like the Fourth of July, should be considered a national festival and observed by all our people.”

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