To counter the traditional blessing that thanked the “Lord for the meals that the dear women had prepared, as if the whole came down like manna from Heaven,” Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote one that she gave whenever asked, which was often: “Heavenly Father and Mother, make us thankful for all the blessings of this life, and make us ever mindful of the patient hands that oft in weariness spread our tables and prepare our daily food. For humanity’s sake, Amen.” Many women, ECS reported, requested copies, which she happily autographed. Happy Thanksgiving!
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