The complete text of George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation. This proclamation was issued well before Thanksgiving was an annual holiday in the United States, but the purposes and meaning of the holiday laid out in this proclamation still hold true today.
The handout is designed with classroom needs in mind. The text is set in easy-to-read, 11-point type. Lines are numbered for easy reference in classroom discussion. Lines on the right side of the page provide space for the reader to take notes. (These lines use the same spacing as college-ruled notepaper.) The document's title as well as country and year of publication are clearly indicated. The handout is optimized for black-and-white printing and to save printer/photocopier ink/toner to reduce your printing costs.