What is Thanksgiving?
“When President John F. Kennedy issued his Thanksgiving proclamation of 1962, he gave sole credit for creation of the holiday to the Pilgrims of Massachusetts. Virginia’s state Sen. John J. Wicker, Jr., took exception. Wicker offered the President substantial documentary evidence that Virginia settlers formally offered thanks at Berkeley Plantation in 1619–two years before the Pilgrim’s feast. This, Wicker argued, was more likely America’s “original” Thanksgiving–a recognition for which he had already been campaigning in the press for several years . . .”
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