The claim that the first Thanksgiving took place in the United States, and even the Americas, has often been a subject of debate. Author and Professor Robyn Gioia and Michael Gannon, University of Florida have argued that witnessed the first "Thanksgiving" celebration in what is now the United States was held by the Spanish on September 8, 1565, as Today is St. Augustine, Florida.
Similarly, many historians say the first Thanksgiving celebration in America took place in Virginia, not Plymouth. Thanksgiving services were common in what would become the State of Virginia since 1607. A day of Thanksgiving was codified in the charter of Berkeley hundred in Charles City County, Virginia in 1619.
The fixing of the date of the holiday
Thanksgiving in the United States as in Canada, there has been at various times throughout history. The dates of Thanksgiving at the time of the Founding Fathers to Lincoln's time was decided by each state at different times. The first Thanksgiving was held on the same date for all states was in 1863 by presidential proclamation. The last Thursday of November it had become the usual date of Thanksgiving in most U.S. states in the early 19. And so, in an effort by President Abraham Lincoln (influenced by the campaign of author Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote letters to politicians about 40 years trying to make an official holiday), to foster a sense of unity between North America and Southern States, proclaimed the date as the last Thursday of November.
It was not until December 26, 1941, which changed the date for the fourth Thursday unified (and not always final) in November, this time by federal law. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after two years before offering his own proclamation to move the date earlier, with the reason for giving the country an economic boost, agreed to sign a bill in Congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday fourth Thursday in November.
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