Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

Found in the Archives

Thanksgiving during the War, 1943 During World War II, President Roosevelt made a number of trips to meet with foreign leaders to discuss the war effort and the postwar world. At the end of 1943, FDR traveled to Cairo, Egypt … Continue reading

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Found in the Archives

The Thanksgiving Before War, 1941 It was Franklin Roosevelt’s yearly tradition to go back to Warm Springs, Georgia, and celebrate Thanksgiving with the patients and staff at the polio rehabilitation center he had founded there. The patients would always prepare … Continue reading

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From the Museum

“Let’s Talk Turkey” Poster (MO 2005.13.34.252)   During World War II, the U.S. Government created a wide range of posters aimed at inspiring Americans to contribute to the war effort. Many concentrated on increasing defense production. As the war progressed, … Continue reading

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Found in the Archives

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Thanksgiving Proclamation At the beginning of Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency, Thanksgiving was not a fixed holiday; it was up to the President to issue a Thanksgiving Proclamation to announce what date the holiday would fall on. … Continue reading

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Eleanor Roosevelt – My Day: November 22-30

November 25, 1943 “WASHINGTON, Wednesday—…There are some on this Thanksgiving Day who will feel that everything for which they might be thankful is overshadowed by the loss of some young life, either in the process of training or in the … Continue reading

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This Week in Roosevelt History: November 22-30

November 23, 1939: Thanksgiving was celebrated today as by a proclamation by FDR setting the date one week earlier than normal.  He moved the date up one week to help retailers since many people did not start their Christmas shopping … Continue reading

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Eleanor Roosevelt – My Day: August 15-21

August 19, 1939 “HYDE PARK, Friday—…I have noticed some comment in the newspapers on the change of the Thanksgiving Day date and today I get a most amusing letter attributing this change to a desire to help a certain race … Continue reading

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