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Our National Sabbath

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Dear Reader,Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at The American Conservative!

I hope this email finds you with friends and family, joyfully giving thanks. Our nation was born of this holiday, more even than the Fourth of July. The Pilgrim Fathers set a table in a new land, with new neighbors, and lifting voices in prayer and gratitude made this continent a new home.

The American story is older than the Declaration and Constitution; its gifts are greater than a particular regime. Indeed, the gifts of our republican form of government we hold in so high regard—freedom of worship, freedom of assembly, the right to rule ourselves—emerged not like Athena from the head of Zeus, full-grown in Philadelphia, but from a long tradition of explorers and colonists and settlers, searching Westward for a better way of life. We have been blessed richly, and even in the midst of political and economic uncertainty, we have much to give thanks for in this our homeland.

As I write this email to you, I am looking forward to joining my family for a few special days of gratitude on the other side of the country, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I’ll see my parents and my siblings, hug my nieces, and introduce my fiancée to my Papa. There will be prayer and feasting, for all these good gifts come from a good God.

Here at TAC, the scattering of the office has already begun. Staff reporter Bradley Devlin is in sunny California. Harry Scherer, our editorial fellow, has jetted home to Pittsburgh. Assistant editor John Hirschauer has taken the long drive up the Acela corridor to Connecticut. For those of us who have come to D.C. for our vocations, Thanksgiving is a call home.

We are grateful for the rest, though we remain aware that we all have much work to do. Among so much else, we are grateful, too, for you and for your commitment to promoting a truly American conservatism.

This week, I’m sharing three pieces from the archives about Thanksgiving (and one about Black Friday) that are well worth revisiting and that I am sure you will enjoy.

Thank you, Reader, for being a member of this community. I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday together. God bless you.


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Micah Meadowcroft
Web Editor

Aeneas at Plymouth Rock

“At a remove of 14 generations I suppose it’s all a bit arbitrary, but I choose to take this as the starting point of my own American story.”

Pumpkin Spice Loneliness

Urbanites embrace fall in place of holidays that bear richer but more troubling memories.

Our National Sabbath

Thanksgiving is holy, but it is also natural—it flows from who we are, as created, worshipful beings.

How Black Friday Got to Be Such a Downer

Grateful folk to crazed discount hunters in 24 hours? Blame the perversion of Christmas.

Houses of Congress have . . . requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God.
―George Washington
The American Conservative exists to advance a Main Street conservatism. We cherish local community, the liberties bequeathed us by the Founders, the civilizational foundations of faith and family, and—we are not ashamed to use the word—peace.

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