Although Thanksgiving is usually associated with a coming together of Plymouth colonists and native Wampanoag people in 1621, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, historians have recorded similar events taking place in previous history. It is also noted by historians that the Native Americans celebrated the end of harvest with feasting and traditional rituals long before Europeans arrived.
While Thanksgiving was celebrated in Massachusetts, the establishment of a national holiday is credited to a long campaign by American writer Sarah Josepha Hale whose efforts influenced President Abraham Lincoln.
In 1939, Franklin D Roosevelt moved the holiday one week earlier to help stimulate retail sales during the Depression. Two years later, following major opposition and rejection by various states, the so called Franksgiving idea was abandoned and a Bill was passed declaring the national holiday as the 4th Thursday in November.
The Day After Thanksgiving kicks off the Christmas Shopping season. It commonly called 'Black Friday' - the day when retails begin to turn a profit "in the black".
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