Newport native Sarah Josepha Hale appeals to President Lincoln in the midst of the Civil War, and instigates an official national holiday!
I’ve heavily excerpted the original letter to make this comics-format version. For further reading, see these notes & links:
- Hale’s letter of Sept. 28, 1863 >>
- Hale sent Lincoln several papers along with her letter; you can page through the entire package HERE, at the Library of Congress’ Thanksgiving Primary Source Set … (Printable PDF)
- … although this TRANSCRIPTION of the letter is a bit easier to read.
- Read Lincoln’s 3 October 1863 THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION here.
- Note how Hale employs some of the same language and political reasoning that went into Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1862…
- Also, take a moment to consider WHY this appeal may have moved Lincoln to such quick action. Note the events that surround the letter:
- Hale refers to her 15+ year campaign for the official designation of a National Day of Thanksgiving; you can read all Hale’s editorials from “Godey’s Lady’s Book” (1847 through the Civil War & beyond!) HERE!
- Sarah Josepha Hale’s bio @ NewportNH.net >>
- Sarah Josepha Hale’s bio on WIKIPEDIA >>