Thank You, Sarah! The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

We the people of the United States… almost lost Thanksgiving?

Yes. That’s right!

Way back when “skirts were long and hats were tall” Americans were forgetting Thanksgiving, and nobody seemed to care!

Thankfully, Sarah Hale appeared. More steadfast than Plymouth Rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince Congress and the presidents?

Join Laurie on a journey of a woman and a pen that spanned four decades, the Civil War, and five presidents, all so you could have your turkey and eat it too!

Anderson turns a little-known historical tidbit into a fresh, funny, and inspirational alternative to the standard Thanksgiving stories.

—School Library Journal

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  • By Merry Hallowgivingmas! | This (sorta) Old Life on November 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

    […] In 1847, the prolific and interesting Sarah Hale began a crusade to establish a national holiday of Thanksgiving.  Prior to that, it had been celebrated only in New England.  17 years later–after her appeals to five different US presidents–Lincoln signed legislation to establish a national holiday.  It was an act to help unify our country after the devastation of the Civil War.  That I can get behind.  Seems to me our increasingly divided and hurting country could use a whole lot of reconciliation right about now–and a focus on gratitude would do much to get us there.  (Want the whole story?  Check out Laurie Halse Anderson’s Thank You, Sarah! The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving.) […]

  • By We Gather Together | on the chancel steps on November 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    […] **Thank You, Sarah! The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson **Thanksgiving in the White House by Gary Hines […]

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