Monday, September 03, 2007

Background on Labor Day

Mark Lewis of Forbes provides an interesting read on the history of Labor Day and why the U.S. version is more tame than that of most of Europe (which celebrates on May Day--shudder, my anniversary). The roles of AFL founder Samuel Gompers and President Grover Cleveland were emphasized.

Until the 60s counter-culture and subsequent descendants (including the present-day netroots) even the liberal wing of American politics was pretty tame by international standards. It is interesting to see how Labor Day played a role in leading American unions to emphasize financial benefits and job security for union members as opposed to broad social change.


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