Southern Evangelical Seminary for Townhall: Thanksgiving Has Been Part of America’s Story From Puritan Forefathers Onward


By Dr. Richard Land for Townhall | Image from Townhall

This is the time that Americans from coast to coast cease their workaday activities and gather with friends and loved ones for Thanksgiving. It is a time-honored ritual, observed by the overwhelming majority of the American population. What are the origins of this celebration, and what meaning should it have for Americans today?

Thanksgiving is a combination of two longstanding traditions in Anglo-American civilization—the joyous harvest festival and the more somber declaration of a day of prayer or thanksgiving in the midst of some national crisis.

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