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Thanksgiving Day was only celebrated by a few states in the late 1800’s. In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day. In 1939, President Roosevelt set it one week earlier to lengthen the shopping period before Christmas. In 1941, Congress ruled that Thanksgiving Day would be a legal federal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November.
Thanksgiving Day might not have ever become an observed holiday, if not for the work of one woman. She worked for years to promote the idea of Thanksgiving by writing letters to several Presidents and writing articles in the Godey’s Lady’s Book. Name the woman who worked very hard to make the idea of Thanksgiving Day a national holiday.