Monday, September 3, 2012

Fact of the Day: Labor Day

The American version of Labor Day started in the 19th Century as a holiday to respect the contributions of the everyday working-man. The holiday became a national one after U.S. military troops & U.S. Marshals killed 13 union workers during the Pullman Strike. President Grover Cleveland did this as an apology to the labor movement for wrongly overusing his power.  

4 comments:

God King said...

ANd now i know! Thanks for sharing!

Shaw said...

Wow, I didn't know the history of this holiday was so bloody.

Bersercules said...

I'm glad the working class has a holiday!

Teddi said...

and yet here we are how many years later, still trying to organize unions? sometimes i swear we are going backwards.