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Thanksgiving not a Southern Holiday?


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Thanksgiving not a Southern Holiday?

MakingSense | Oct 13, 2006 06:59 PM

Some friends with really old Virginia roots told me about this but I've had no luck with any research. They said older relatives refused to celebrate "that Yankee holiday" and would go hunting or do something else instead.
Lincoln proclaimed a national T'giving Day in 1863 and then Roosevelt in 1939 changed the date but his order wasn't mandatory. It was scornfully referred to by some as "Franksgiving" and FDR wasn't a Southern favorite anyway. Twenty-two states did not recognize it but I couldn't find a list.

Are there any vestiges of this left? I imagine that this thinking would be found among those in their 80s and 90s.
Anybody know anyone who still thinks this way? Or have any historical references about this?

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