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View Diary: Brothers and Sisters: Thanksgiving, 1863, and now (24 comments)

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  •  Long, long traditions of celebrating the (2+ / 0-)
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    harvest. Very, very pagan...though Christianity adopted it.

    The tradition of celebrating the feast attended by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag/Massasoit was very "New England." It was easy to link that tradition with the northwesterners (a strong source of Union support, nevermind the Copperheads)  of what we would call the Midwest. Many of the people who lived there were only one or two generations away from living in New England.

    •  Was Thanksgiving as celebrated in the South (0+ / 0-)

      as much as in the North?  I would think that the South would reject anything that Lincoln proposed.

      the North was basically founded by the New England Puritans but the South had a different cultural origin in Virginia.

      •  As you said, different cultural origins. (0+ / 0-)

        If you look at a historical map of the English Civil War and which areas were royalist and which were for parliament, you will see- with 80 to 90% correspondence- a map of American immigration. "Royal" counties sent immigrants to the Chesapeake and Carolinas. "Parliament" counties sent immigrants to New England.

        Harvest celebrations were not as popular in the south.

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