As you get ready to depart for Thanksgiving, take some time to learn a little bit about the laws surrounding this holiday:
- Thanksgiving as a Legal Holiday – In this “Happy Thanksgiving” post, Kelly Buchanan of the Law Library of Congress traces the legal history of Thanksgiving up to its establishment as a federal holiday in 1941.
- Congress Establishes Thanksgiving – The Center for Legislative Archives offers online access to the the House and Senate documents setting the date for the holiday.
- The Definitive History of The Presidential Turkey Pardon – The White House website offers a complete history of turkeys that have been pardoned by various presidents along with a video of President Obama pardoning Apple the turkey on November 24, 2010.
- Happy Thanksgiving and Turkey Frying Patents – In this post, an attorney sums up the Presidential turkey pardons and also takes a look at Thanksgiving-related patents.
- Thanksgiving Lawsuits Set The Table for Thanksgiving Payback – In this post on Findlaw, a lawyer considers the causes of action that could arise over the holiday weekend, complete with a reference to the Center for Consumer Freedom’s “Thanksgiving Guest Liability and Indemnification Agreement.”
- Miller on the Law of the Turkey – Meredith Miller at Contracts Prof Blog has argued “that all of contract law could be taught with turkey cases” and she has backed this up with a fun series of posts on contract cases related to turkeys.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed these links and have a Happy Thanksgiving!