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Opinion - November 16, 2012

We should have listened to Roosevelt

Maybe FDR had it right. Long after the pilgrims had celebrated their first Thanksgiving and decades after Abraham Lincoln made it a holiday to be observed on the last Thursday of every November, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt answered the appeals of retailers distressed by an ongoing depression and moved it to the third Thursday. After outcries from Congress and others, a compromise was reached to celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday, giving businesses a bit more time to attract holiday sales. If the change hadn't been made in the first place, we'd celebrate Thanksgiving a week later this year, on Nov. 29, which would really upset the retail sector that had won Roosevelt's ear.

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