That's right. Thanksgiving wasn't originally about food and family. It was actually set to be a pious day about how awesome your government was. But in 1827, editor and writer Sarah Josepha Hale (famous for penning the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb") started a 36-year campaign to get politicians to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Hale also envisioned the day to be more about family and food as it is now. Unfortunately for turkeys everywhere, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a proclamation in 1863, during the peak of the Civil War, declaring Thanksgiving a national feasting holiday. He agreed the nation needed a day to celebrate all we have and those who had been lost. President Lincoln chose the date of the final Thursday in November for this calorie-filled celebratory day. But what about all that tie in with the holiday season and the mob scenes at shopping malls associated with Thanksgiving? You can thank President Franklin D. Roosevelt for that, as he made the controversial move of the holiday to a week earlier to help boost sales during the Great Depression.
Obviously you know George Washington was the first President and the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Everyone knows that. And you probably took American History in school – maybe you even got an A. And sure, on occasion you watch some educational programming on the History Channel. But how much do you really know about American History? Take this quiz and see how much of a real American History buff you actually are.
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