The first New England Thanksgiving celebrated by the pilgrim colonists of Massachusetts gave us many of our Thanksgiving traditions. Governor Bradford decreed a three day feast in July 1621. The women made journey cake, corn bread, and succotash. The Indians brought wild turkey and deer. Then on July 30, 1623 the Governor decreed a special day of prayer as well as celebration.
During the Revolutionary War there were 8 special days set aside for thanks for victories and deliverance from dangers. President George Washington set November 26, 1789, as a Day of Thanks in the young nation. By 1830 the state of New York had an official Thanksgiving Day. Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale, editor of Godey’s Ladye’ Book, worked 30 years promoting a National Thanksgiving Day.
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