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article imageA British view of Thanksgiving, 1863

By Alexander Baron     Oct 14, 2013 in Lifestyle
Thanksgiving is a not quite uniquely North American celebration. It is celebrated today in Canada, and next month in the States.
Thanksgiving Day is November 28 in the USA this year, but how was it viewed in the UK at the time of the American Civil War? Last month, the British Newspaper Archive featured three articles from the British press of the time. They are:
The Dublin Evening Mail of October 19, 1863 - Ireland being under British rule at that time. This article contains the full text of Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation issued earlier that month.
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In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving"
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The Middlesex Chronicle of October 24, 1863, which comments on it, and...
The West Moreland Gazette of the same date, which contains some critical commentary.
All three articles are free to subscribers, and it is free to sign up.
Australian newspapers for the same period can be accessed at the Trove website without signing up. Here is The Sydney Morning Herald for 150 years ago today.
If the text of the Thanksgiving Proclamation is not clear to you in the first of the above, here is the HTML version from the official Abraham Lincoln website.
Finally, here, by courtesy of the Library of Congress, here is the October 14, 1863 issue of the Daily National Republican.
In Canada, Thanksgiving Day, is celebrated on the second Monday in October.
In the United States, Thanksgiving Day, is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.
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