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ARTHUR CYR: Thanksgiving and Lincoln’s legacy | Information

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Thanksgiving means precise, not contrived, inclusiveness. President Abraham Lincoln profoundly demonstrates this basic level.

On Oct. 3, 1863, the White Home issued the Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the final Thursday of November to be a “day of thanksgiving and reward to our beneficent Father who dwelleth within the Heavens.” The proclamation additionally requested “the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the injuries of the nation and to revive … peace, concord, and Union.”

Arthur I. Cyr is Clausen Distinguished Professor at Carthage School and writer of “After the Chilly Conflict” (NYU Press and Macmillan). Readers can wrote to him at acyr@carthage.edu.



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