Do you really know the story of how Labor Day came about? Most Americans
Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements,
originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters. In the
late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States,
the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke
out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5
or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a
fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly
the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working
conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and
breaks. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march
from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.
The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in
September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many
states passed legislation recognizing it. Congress would not legalize the
holiday until 12 years later, on May 11, 1984, when a watershed moment in
American labor history brought workers’ rights squarely into the public’s view.
has come to be celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.
In high society, Labor Day is considered the last day of the year when it is
fashionable acceptable to wear white. In sports, Labor Day marks the
beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the weekend of Labor
Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the
Thursday following Labor Day.
So on Monday September 2, 2013 please take time to enjoy the day and say a Thank You to those who made the sacrifices they did for us to be able to work in much better conditions.
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