A short story of Labor Dayby Penelope Starr on Sep. 07, 2009, under Arts
To most of us Labor Day means a three day weekend. And, if you are of a certain age and come from the east coast, it also dictates that you can’t wear white shoes again until the spring.
But did you know that the proposal for the first official US Labor day provided for a parade to celebrate “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,” and “a festival for the workers and their families”, according to Wikipedia. And it was instituted by President Grover Cleveland who rushed the legislation through Congress as a reconciliation after the bloody Pullman Strike.
It’s a pretty interesting part of our history and mostly it gets lost in barbeques and fireworks. Let’s keep the important lessons from the past alive by sharing stories.
Gotta go, I’ve got to get back to the party . . .