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We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace

National Archives Museum

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST

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Denise Kiernan will discuss her latest book, the story of Sarah Josepha Hale, who in the 19th century campaigned to make real an annual day of thanks. Working at the helm of the American magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, Hale never stopped pushing the leaders of her time to officially recognize and celebrate gratitude. The book includes an enthralling supporting cast of characters including Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Sojourner Truth, and Walt Whitman. Alongside the story of Hale, Kiernan brings to the fore the stories of Indigenous peoples, immigrant communities, women’s rights activists, abolitionists, and others. Joining Kiernan in conversation will be author and historian Karen Abbott.

Presented in partnership with the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia.



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