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    Morning Bell: Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

    We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday yesterday and continue to enjoy spending time with friends and family today. The Heritage Foundation will be posting on The Foundry throughout this Friday so please check back frequently. Till then, do enjoy President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation below. The year that … More

    Giving Thanks for Freedom

    Between football and pumpkin pie, take a few minutes today to learn about the history of Thanksgiving in America. In this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, Assistant Director of the Center for American Studies David Azerrad discusses the history and meaning of Thanksgiving in America’s uniquely free and religious society. … More

    Talking Turkey About Food Safety

    More than any other day of the year, families by the millions will give thanks today for America’s abundant and affordable food supply. The impressive bounty on display contrasts sharply with claims that more stringent federal regulations are needed to ensure food safety. Despite the fact that America’s food supply … More

    Morning Bell: Giving Thanks for the Free Market

    As truly an American holiday as Thanksgiving is, it was not actually made a formal federal holiday until 1941. And it wasn’t even routinely celebrated nationally on the fourth Thursday of every November until after President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Address in 1863. Still, the holiday does have a strong basis … More

    Morning Bell: Stop Treating Everyone As An Equal Threat

    The Associated Press reported yesterday that “cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.” The article goes on to report that while the rest of the public is … More

    Morning Bell: Giving Thanks for the Free Market

    As millions of Americans spend today fervently practicing commerce, we bring you these thoughts faith, property and prosperity which first ran last year on Thanksgiving. There is much talk these days of how conservatives need “new ideas” in these troubled economic times. And as we look at our nation’s troubled … More

    Morning Bell: Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

    Thanksgiving was not formally made a federal holiday until 1941. However, it has been celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November annually since President Abraham Lincoln delivered the address below in 1863. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Heritage Foundation. The year that is drawing toward its close … More

    God and Liberty: Reasons for Thanksgiving

    Of the many influences that shaped the American concept of liberty, the first and most formative was faith. More than anything else, religion formed the backbone of colonial culture and defined its moral horizon. This religious character was largely a product of the fact that many came to the New … More

    Being Grateful Is Good for Us

    Here’s an encouraging note as Thanksgiving gatherings give way to Christmas shopping during the current economic meltdown: When older adults feel grateful for what they have in tough financial times, they’re less likely to be depressed than fellow seniors or middle-aged Americans who don’t feel grateful. And when older adults frequently … More

    Morning Bell: Giving Thanks for the Free Market

    There is much talk these days of how conservatives need “new ideas” in these troubled economic times. And as we look at our nation’s troubled landscape, there is much work that needs to be done if we are going to return economic prosperity to the country. But as we sit … More