SMNTY Classics: The Mother of Thanksgiving

A 19th-century women's magazine editor invented America's Thanksgiving holiday. OLGA LYUBKINA

American Thanksgiving may have Pilgrim roots, but its modern-day celebration is the handiwork of an 18th-century magazine editor. For 30 years, Sarah Josepha Hale campaigned U.S. Presidents to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday and urged American women to cook a special turkey dinner every November.