Thanksgiving, and Abraham Lincoln Proclamation Gets More Press than Gettysburg Address

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In his new book The Greatest Speech, Ever—The Remarkable Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Gettysburg Address, author James L. Cotton Jr. explores the byways of Lincolnís life for the moments and experiences that inspired the thoughts and words of the great speech, and as the reader discovers, the ancillary actions that established the great Lincoln tradition.

In those byways and moments, James Cotton touches upon Lincolnís reaction to a request by magazine editor Sarah J. Hale to standardize Thanksgiving as a fixed national celebration. It was then a regional New England holiday, and about to be celebrated one week following the dedication at Gettysburg and Lincolnís delivery of the speech.
Ill and weary but hopeful for Union success because of the turn of battlefield events, Lincoln responded and established Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday on the last Thursday of November; he issued a Proclamation of Thanksgiving actually penned by William H. Seward which garnered much more attention than the Gettysburg Address. James Cotton brings into focus in his remarkable new book the remarkable life of Abraham Lincoln and the inspirational moments that gave rise to his great Speech and the Lincoln tradition.

The Greatest Speech, EveróThe Remarkable Life of Abraham Lincoln and His Gettysburg Address was published by the History Publishing Company LLC on November 19, 2013 and is available at Barnes and Noble bookstores, on BN.com Amazon.com and bookstores nationally and in the United Kingdom.

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