THE PRESIDENT WHO GAVE US THANKSGIVING AND FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY
left him with the debt of the company. Lincoln filed for bankruptcy, but because of laws at the time, creditors were able to seize his only remaining assets — a horse and his survey equipment — and those were still not enough to pay the debt. He continued to pay it off even after being elected a state legislator. There’s the belief that people file for bankruptcy to escape making payments, but that’s not the reality of our laws. When someone declares bankruptcy, it’s because it’s absolutely impossible for them to get back any money. Our Founding Fathers wrote many checks and balances into the constitution and made bankruptcy a last-resort option. Thankfully, they also recognized that we are human and allowed for grace in the constitution. There are plenty of stories like Lincoln’s that show even after going through bankruptcy, you can get a second chance. There is life after bankruptcy. Lincoln didn’t have the safety net of modern bankruptcy laws to protect his assets; but fortunately, we do. If you find that your finances haven’t gone according to plan, talk with an attorney at the Law Office of Jeffrey Kelly about your options. We’re here to help.
It’s almost that time again. Time to cut into the turkey, pour the gravy over everything, and watch the post-meal games with our family.
But do you know why we still celebrate Thanksgiving? Besides our early settlers, the man who made the holiday a true American classic was our 16th president. That’s right, Abraham Lincoln turned Thanksgiving into a federally recognized holiday. Here’s another tidbit you may not have learned about Honest Abe in history class: He filed for bankruptcy. In 1833, years before he became the leader of our country and made Thanksgiving a nationally celebrated tradition, Lincoln declared bankruptcy and spent the next 17 years paying off his debts.
While Lincoln was skilled at many things, being a shopkeeper was not one of them. He and his partner took loans to grow their business; but after seeing it wasn’t profitable, Lincoln sold his shares. Unfortunately, Lincoln’s business partner died and
SPICY, CREAMY SWEET POTATOES
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
5 pounds sweet potatoes
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup canned coconut milk
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
Directions 1. Heat oven to 375 F. On a large sheet pan, bake potatoes until very soft, approximately 75 minutes. 2. Let potatoes cool until they are safe to handle, then peel and mash. 3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine coconut milk and curry paste. Once mixed, add the mixture, salt, half the sugar, and half the butter to potatoes. 4. 30 minutes before serving, heat oven to 425 F. Spread potatoes in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. 5. Uncover potatoes and dot with remaining butter and sugar. Broil until brown, crusty, and delicious. Serve hot.
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