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Karpeles Document: George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation


Social Studies (NYS K-12 Framework Common Core)

Grade Levels

Elementary, Intermediate, Commencement, 4th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 11th Grade

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Signed by President George Washington on October 3, 1789, this was the first national Thanksgiving Day proclamation under the Constitution. William Jackson authored the original draft.


Full Transcript and Additional Notes

Special Note

Courtesy of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

The Karpeles Manuscript Library, the world’s largest private collection of important original documents and manuscripts, provided this document.

In collaboration with the Center for Applied Technologies in Education, this manuscript is equipped with an interactive tool enabling the user to view the document’s transcription, providing a 21st Century glimpse of ways students can interact with old documents and manuscripts.

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