Thanksgiving in a Nation Divided

Thanksgiving proclamations from James Madison and Abraham Lincoln offer lessons for our turbulent times.

Thankful for past and present.

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This year Thanksgiving Day falls in the midst of turbulence: anger and grief and division at home, worry about threats from abroad. It may be that recent years have been filled with too many such moments. The state of crisis seems perpetual.

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