The Modern History of Thanksgiving Day

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

The history of Thanksgiving Day has evolved as modern historians have debated its inception back to 1970.

Meanwhile, some people argue that Thanksgiving wasn’t the sign of peace between the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

Our understanding of the history of Thanksgiving has evolved through the years alongside the foods that grace the holiday table.

Its history has been muddled and rewritten as there is a fresh reason every year to eat a turkey and lots of mashed potatoes.

The traditions behind it have changed, from a harvest feast shared by the pilgrims and the Wampanoag in 1621.

Later, Thanksgiving Day means good food and spending a lovely time with family.

George Washington was the first US President to proclaim the first Thanksgiving National Day in 1789.

In 1941, the United States Congress passed a resolution that marked the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

Abraham Lincoln established the national holiday again during the Civil War, fixing the feast as an American tradition.

In the modern history of Thanksgiving, it falls on the fourth Thursday of November, followed by the highly-anticipated Black Friday.

It becomes a state public holiday, marked by closed schools, businesses, and government offices.

US President Joe Biden proclaimed Thanksgiving Day and urged Americans to support each other.