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The Last Weekend of Summer: Labor Day Weekend

By Remy Benoit

   School is already in session here. If it is not where you are, it will be next week.

   Businesses are already gearing up for their Labor Day Sales.

   But how many of us are aware of what Labor Day means?

   The history of labor making gains for workers in this country is full of strife, often overt violence, and much heartache.

   So, while you are grilling the burgers and dogs, toasting the marshmallows, give some thought to those who fought so long and hard so you  were not working 7 days a week for $3.50.
   These are some sites that you can  visit to learn about the history of the Labor Movement in  the USA.

For teachers: A Curriculum of United States Labor History for Teachers.
Sponsored by the Illinois Labor History Society.

American History Labor History: An Online Study Guide.

For some specific labor clashes:


The Homestead and Pullman Strikes by Spence Holman, Vassar '99.

The Coal Strike of 1902 – Turning Point in U.S. Policy.

Who were, are, the Wobblies?
Industrial Workers of the World.


About Red Scare.

And who exactly was Joe Hill? Guilty or not guilty, and of what? The debate goes on:
Joe Hill.

Concomitant with the growth of the Labor Movement was the Women's Suffrage Movement.

The History of the Suffrage Movement by Marjorie Spruill Wheeler.

Were you aware that while the Allies were liberating France, French women still did not have the vote, and wouldn't until 1949?

The History of Women's Suffrage.

Some old books that might stir you to some thought:

Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy.

How The Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis.

and how was all this portrayed by the art world; in the literary world?
Ash Can School.

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

Dorothea Dix.


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