Give thanks, all ye people, give thanks to the Lord,
Alleluias of freedom with joyful accord:
Let the East and the West, North and South roll along,
Sea, mountain and prairie, one thanksgiving song.
- from "The President's Hymn" written by William Augustus Muhlerburg
for President Abraham Lincoln, 1863
Before you head out to the acclaimed film "Lincoln", you simply must take a look at this fascinating post by Tori Avery of "The History Kitchen" for PBS Food. Not only will you learn loads about Lincoln and Thanksgiving, you might - like me - be convinced to scrap your plans for a store-bought pumpkin pie and embrace the pumpkin pudding Mary Todd Lincoln and her contemporaries likely created for their own Thanksgiving celebrations.
p.s. Muhlerberg's a fascinating character himself, so click the link above to learn a bit more about this famed education reformer turned Episcopal clergyman.