Thanksgiving: The Forgotten History of America's Thanksgiving and What It Commemorates - 142 Views
Published on 28 Nov 2020 / In Film and Animation

On this episode Brian invites’s resident historian, Sam, on to discuss the oldest national holiday in the United States, Thanksgiving. Learn more about the history of Thanksgiving at

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While the celebration predates even the founding of the nation, it was proclaimed by George Washington, then ignored by Thomas Jefferson. From then on, it was sporadically observed until Abraham Lincoln, who once again introduced a National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving to the United States.

It was Lincoln who set the day as the last Thursday in November. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed the day between 1939 and 1941, which was highly controversial. The days were called “Franksgiving.” Roosevelt changed the date because retailers communicated to him through the Retail Dry Goods Association and the Secretary of Commerce, that the late date of Thanksgiving that year (the last day of November) might negatively impact retail sales. It was considered bad form to put up Christmas decorations or put on Christmas sales before Thanksgiving.

If only we still lived in such times.

In 1942, Congress set Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday of the month, and here it has stood since then.

Listen to Brian and Sam talk more about the traditions that lead to Thanksgiving, “Franksgiving,” and what’s up with modern-day Thanksgiving detractors.

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