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Detail: Front page of the Custer weekly chronicle. November 25, 1916

A Thanksgiving Proclamation From President Wilson

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I seem to be spending a lot of time looking at the words of Woodrow Wilson lately. His Thanksgiving proclamation for 1916 was issued roughly six months prior to the United States’ entry into World War I.

The war in Europe had begun more than two years earlier, though. The proclamation reflects Wilson’s concerns for those suffering through the conflict. The last sentence of this proclamation is cut off but it reads, “Our people could in no better way show their real attitude towards the present struggle of the nations than by contributing out of their abundance to the relief of the suffering which war has [brought in its train].”

May your Thanksgiving be a peaceful and pleasant one.

A typescript of most of Wilson's 1916 Thanksgiving Proclamation
Woodrow Wilson’s Thanksgiving Proclamation


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