Usually Thanksgiving is a time for looking back at Puritan-era history. But this year, with the release of Steven Spielberg's new biography Lincoln, it is the Civil War-era president who is getting all the attention.
Lincoln issued the proclamation making Thanksgiving a national holiday. His action was spurred on by magazine editor Sarah J. Hale, who hoped the holiday would give the North and the South a reason to come together.
Spielberg's movie has gotten good reviews from the parents I know who have seen it. For kids middle school age and up, it's a great example of a film that can be used instead of textbooks to make learning come alive. We're big on movie-going, as well as huge Spielberg fans, and I'm sure we'll be catching it in theaters in the near future.