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    Giving Thanks for Religious Liberty: Faith in Action Helps Those in Need

    Americans will gather around Thanksgiving tables this week to reflect on the past year and give thanks for the blessings of family, friends, and fundamental freedoms like religious liberty. For Peter, his gratitude this holiday is simple: “I’m thankful for shelter and food.” Earlier this fall, Peter stood outside the … More

    Scouting for Food: The Irreplaceable Troops of Our Civil Society

    The Government-as-Caretaker State got a regrettable boost this week. But that hasn’t put a stop to the demonstrations of why civil society is so important to this country’s past and future. This weekend, with Thanksgiving approaching, Boy Scouts will visit neighborhoods throughout the nation. They will collect a bounty of … More

    Morning Bell: President Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

    We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving yesterday and continue to enjoy spending time with friends and family today. While we at The Heritage Foundation enjoy our holiday, we invite you to read President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation below. The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled … More

    Morning Bell: A Day of 'Public Thanksgiving and Prayer'

    Most of us have heard or read at least part of Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation at some point. But even those who have heard it many times can overlook two important aspects of this important document. The first is its timing: October 3, 1863. The nation had already endured two … More

    The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

    This Thursday, millions of families will celebrate Thanksgiving with roasted turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, and (with only a slight amount of guilt) another piece of pumpkin pie. But in early America, days of Thanksgiving weren’t always about food. Reflecting American religious practice, Presidents and Congresses from the beginning of the … More

    Thanksgiving--and Giving

    Churches will be aglow on Thanksgiving as families gather to express their gratitude for the blessings they’ve experienced. Their continuing presence in the pews would bode well for our nation as well, given that decades of sociological studies have documented the relationship between church attendance and charitable giving, volunteerism, and … More

    Thankful for a Different Kind of 'Liberal'

    This week is a time of giving thanks, and one of the most treasured gifts for which many Americans are thankful is freedom. In the West, freedom lies at the center of an inherited tradition that goes by the name “liberal,” from the Latin liber, meaning “free.” To sustain genuine … More

    Family Fact Infographic: Be Thankful for Family Meals

    This Thanksgiving, American families will gather around plump turkeys and homemade stuffing to share good food and good conversation with loved ones and family members. The benefits of the quality time families spend together over the Thanksgiving feast can go well beyond the last slice of pumpkin pie. As a … More

    What Limited Government Looks Like: Adopting a Foster Child

    Many of us will give thanks for family this week. Sadly, more than one hundred thousand children awaiting adoption from the foster care system don’t have a family to be thankful for. More than 400,000 children are in the foster care system, and about a quarter are in circumstances that … More

    Freedom to Thank God, In America and Abroad

    Americans really are blessed. It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and most of us are free to approach it as we please: Gathering once again as family and friends to enjoy favorite food and company, we may choose to thank God for all we have. We may just dig into the turkey and … More