The Thanksgiving story

In 1939, as our nation was recovering from the Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving to the third Thursday in November to create a longer holiday shopping season for the merchants. The change was not well received, with some families celebrating on the third Thursday, and others feasting on the fourth. President Roosevelt, however, relented and moved Thanksgiving back to its original date. On November 26, 1941, he signed a bill again establishing the fourth Thursday in November as the national Thanksgiving holiday.

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