Nov 25, 2009 (All Things Considered) — In 1939, the nation was thrown into confusion when Franklin Roosevelt tried to move Thanksgiving back a week, hoping to boost Christmas shopping sales. The move didn't work and Congress moved the holiday to the fourth Thursday in November permanently in 1941. Melanie Kirkpatrick, author of Happy Franksgiving: How FDR tried, and failed, to change a national holiday, published in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, shares the story.
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