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If you eat turkey this week, give thanks to Sarah Josepha Hale (1788 — 1879). Why? She’s the reason turkey is the feature on Thanksgiving. Fact is, she’s largely responsible for Thanksgiving itself.

Sarah, a self-taught schoolteacher, met David Hale at her father’s tavern in Newport, New Hampshire, in 1811. They married two years later and went on to have five children. David died 11 years later, causing Sarah to wear black for the rest of her life.

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