Sarah Josepha Buell Hale


Another post stemming from Wednesday night trivia (as well as an official request from my mother. Hi mom!)

Trivia question: Nicknamed the ‘Mother of Thanksgiving,’ this prominent editor and writer wrote a letter urging President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November. Bonus points if you can name her famous nursery rhyme.

Answer: Sarah Josepha Buell Hale and “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

What I didn’t know until after, was that Sarah Josepha Hale was one of the first American Woman Novelists, and was also one of the first novelists to tackle slavery in her book Northwood: Life North and South. Although Sarah did not believe in Women’s Suffrage, she was incredibly influential promoting stories that opposed slavery and the importance of preserving the union. She was also a very strong and early advocate of higher education for women.

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