With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I was researching the history of the holiday. I knew that our modern gathering held little in common with the original Pilgrim’s holiday, but what I didn’t know was the significant role that the accomplished Sarah Josepha Buell Hale had on the holiday. One of the first women editors, she used her influence while editing “Godey’s Lady Book” to popularize many of the recipes that we now associate with Thanksgiving such as roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. Author, teacher, and poet, she was devoted to the idea that women should be educated the same way as men. She wrote this letter in 1863 to Mr. Lincoln in support of Thanksgiving being an annual national holiday. Despite all her…