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Old 10-01-2007, 01:54 AM   #59
Jae Onasi
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We're giving thanks to Squanto?

I don't buy revisionist history.
Yes, we should be grateful for the help he (and Samoset) provided the Pilgrims, but that's not why we have the holiday.

Try a primary historical source instead of wiki, like the 2 (and only 2 for the first Thanksgiving) primary sources from the first Thanksgiving.
Here's another discussion based on the primary documents. The first Thanksgiving they had a feast but they also gave thanks to God.

Also, try this site

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Originally Posted by George Washington's First Thanksgiving Proclamation
This historic proclamation was issued by George Washington during his first year as President. It sets aside Thursday, November 26 as "A Day of Publick Thanksgiving anf Prayer."

Signed by Washington on October 3, 1789 and entitled "General Thanksgiving," the decree appointed the day "to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God."
Here's an article from the George Washington Papers held at the University of Virginia. Here's a transcription of his proclamation and a copy of the original handwritten document. Washington acknowledges that it's a day where one should give thanks to God.

Lincoln also made a proclamation setting Thanksgiving day as a holiday, and also specifically mentioned it was to give thanks to God.

Not once is there mention of the day being set aside to give thanks to Squanto. They were giving thanks to God for the harvest.


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