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By Katie Posnanski

Age 7


My report is about a woman named Sarah who saved Thanksgiving.


Her whole name was Sarah Josepha Hale. She wanted to make Thanksgiving a national holiday so that people would get together with their families. She wrote thousands of letters for 17 years. She even wrote letters to five Presidents — “Will you make Thanksgiving a National holiday.” Four presidents said: “No.”


But then, Abraham Lincoln agreed and said yes.


Sarah had five children. Her husband died after being very sick, and this made Sarah so sad that she wore black for the rest of her life.


Back then, girls did not go to school, so Sarah stayed home and learned how to read and write and sew from her Mom. She grew up to become one of the first girl teachers. She was also a writer. Sarah was the author of the poem “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” Also, she was the editor of some of the most popular magazines for women.

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18 Responses to Thanksgiving

  1. David says:

    Great essay, Katie! Good writing clearly runs in your genes.

  2. Mr. Conway says:

    Great job, Katie. Writing is one of the most important skills you can develop – you’re off to a great start!

    Mr. Conway, high school teacher, Brooklyn, NY

  3. Kyrstin says:

    Lovely essay, Katie! Always nice to read about awesome ladies such as Sarah.

  4. Excellent work, Katie. Good writing often flows from the writer’s passion for the subject, which is evident here. I look forward to more guest posts in the future.

  5. Matt says:

    Fantastic job Katie. I’m glad I’ll get to say I read your work before you got famous!

  6. bluwood says:

    Very cool. Happy Thanksgiving to KaPo.

  7. Joe says:

    As an avid fan of the StL Cardinals, KC Chiefs (ugh) and sports in general, somehow my favorite posts are always the ones pertaining to the Posnanskis. Good job, Katie; glad to see you’re working hard at school.
    Dark Side of the Mood

  8. daveyhead says:

    Nice piece, Katie. Like all good writing, it made me want to know more about the subject. Keep up the good work and Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Minda says:

    Wonderful job, Katie! And a happy Thanksgiving to the entire Posnanski family.

  10. rcharbon says:

    What was Sarah’s WAR?

  11. Hank says:

    This is great. She could teach her pops a little something about the power of brevity

  12. Mark Daniel says:

    Very interesting. This is completely new information to me. Thanks Katie!

  13. The Hammer says:

    Great job Katie and all things I didn’t know. I look forward to your next report.

  14. The best part about this?

    I didn’t actually know any of it. I had no idea a lady named Joseph Hale pushed to make Thanksgiving a National Holiday or that Abraham Lincoln was the one who eventually made it so.

  15. Mark says:

    I look forward avidly to reading her blog in 15 years.

  16. David in NYC says:

    So, I guess the apple really doesn’t fall that far from the tree, does it?

    Well done, Katie. I hope you got at least an A from your teacher, if not an A+.

  17. Fantastic job Katie. I’m glad I’ll get to say I read your work before you got famous!


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