A Brief History of Black Friday: How the Mega-Shopping Day Came to Be

The origins of the ever-expanding holiday shopping frenzy on, and beyond, the day after Thanksgiving.

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After watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, rooting for favorite football teams and expressing thanks for our blessings while feasting on turkey or tofu with all the trimmings, many of us turn our attention to the bounty of bargains known as Black Friday.

But the name of the day that kicks off what this year is expected to be a $680 billion Christmas retail season hasn’t always been associated with hordes of shoppers stalking discounts, deals and steals.

Take a look at Black Friday’s dark origins, its meanings and its emergence as a marketing sensation, still one of the busiest shopping days of the year and nearly a national holiday in its own right.

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