Friday, November 28, 2008

Declaration of the first National Thanksgiving Day on Nov.1, 1777

The Continental Congress of the United States declared the first national day of thanksgiving on November 1, 1777, to celebrate an American victory over British general John Burgoyne. There is not a single reference to Native Americans in that declaration; it's rather about setting aside a day to praise the Divine Benefactor in hopes of gaining His favor in the war against the British. ..The language is pinnacle Puritan, too.... check it out:

  • "Forasmuch as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such further Blessings as they stand in Need of: And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common providence; but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defence and Establishment of our inalienable Rights and Liberties... It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of these UNITED STATES, to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of December next, for the Solemn Thanksgiving and Praise: That at one Time and with one voice, the good People may express themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor."

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