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How Thanksgiving Started in the United States

Did you know that for much of the 19th century, Thanksgiving was only celebrated by New Englanders and Northeastern transplants in the upper Midwest and New York? Learn more about Sarah Josepha Hale and why she so desperately wanted President Abraham Lincoln to adopt the idea of Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

Show notes: Meet the Woman Who Helped Make Thanksgiving a U.S. Holiday by John York

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