How did Black Friday get is name?

The day after Thanksgiving, traditionally known as Black Friday is usually considered by retailers to be the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It seems as though the shopping season starts earlier every year as I have been seeing a lot of advertising claiming to be offering the Black Friday Deals early.

black friday signDid you ever wonder how Black Friday received its name? For some reason I had associated it with the recession after World War II when the stock market crashed and there were a multitude of suicides on Wall Street. I don’t know why I thought this, it’s just in my thoughts.

Being curious, I researched the origin of the name on my favorite search engine and received a multitude of hits offering information. I was amazed at what I found out.

Not only was my thinking wrong on the subject wrong, but apparently, a lot of other people has wrong ideas also.

Whats your thoughts on this?

Here are a couple of links to what I thought are interesting  articles about the origin of the name:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping)

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/thanksgiving/blackfriday.asp

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