On Thursday, thank yous will be generously passed around the Thanksgiving table like so many bowls of made-from-scratch stuffing. But in the haze of gratefulness, we ought to give a shout-out to Sarah Josepha Hale. And Abe Lincoln. And a bunch of other people.
Before football games, choosing the right wine and umpteen recipes for Brussels sprouts, Thanksgiving was a more solemn, reflective holiday, focused on remembering the origins of the harvest feast. These historic photos tell the tale.