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Thanks to Sarah Hale, we have Thanksgiving

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Sarah Buell Hale loved the ritual of Thanksgiving.  Mrs. Hale was a writer publishing a novel in 1827 which described in great detail the physical and sentimental manifestation of a family feast.  She describes a table draped in bleached white damask preparing the household event where every child had a seat for the occasion.  She […]

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Republican Party Platform of 1856- Part I

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In the spirit of perspective, shall we compare the Republican Party platform of 1856 with that of 2016? The Official Proceedings of the 1856 Republican National Convention open with the following statement and two resolutions; one reaffirming commitment to the principles necessary for preservation of the republic and the other voicing the Party’s objection to […]