By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The year was 1939, and American businesses, still reeling from the previous year's recession, decided they wanted an extra week of Christmas shopping. The solution? They asked President Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving up a week. Roosevelt complied — and confusion and outrage ensued.
Ms. Berry noted that Thanksgiving is one American holiday that is defined as much by change as by continuity.
Ann Berry, executive director at Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Mass., said the pressure on Roosevelt to move up the date must have been intense.