Holiday History: Labor Day. {Video}

Via Sara Crolick
on Sep 1, 2013
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Why Labor Day Matters.

It’s only recently that women, men, and even children don’t work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. There’s a reason for that.

Labor rights continue to be under assault here and…brrr…around the world. Think about what you wear, and where it came from. Is child labor illegal? Are there basic environmental protections?

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My seven-year-old knows more about the historical roots of Labor Day than I do.

This was confirmed recently when he brought home a grade of 100 percent on a Labor Day exam. As I scanned through the questions I realized I knew very little about why we have this holiday; instead I have more of a generic, bastardized version—kind of like the happy meal version of Columbus “discovering” America that we’ve been force-fed.

Now, I’m a little embarrassed by this. Particularly because some of my closes friends are hard-working, proud Union Members. 

If you, like me, give vague, distracted answers when children approach about this holiday and you’d like more respectable answers than “it’s the holiday right before you go back to school” or “it’s to celebrate people that work… work hard… I mean really hard” then this video is for you.

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About Sara Crolick

Sara Crolick is whiskey in a teacup. She loves elephants, vegetables, vintage typewriters, Audrey Hepburn and the written word, but not necessarily in that order. She raises two inspiring boys with her mister, who is a bona fide music-maker; this works out nicely, as she happens to also love music. You can connect with her via her site, Conversations with a Human Heart, her author page on Facebook and on Twitter, too.


One Response to “Holiday History: Labor Day. {Video}”

  1. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Thanks for this article. Canadians and Americans now do take for granted what was fought for 100 years ago–basic rights like the 8 hour day–and do just relax or celebrate the day more as the end of the summer, rather than a march to remember rights which came at great cost to many. In a way, it's a different kind of Memorial/Remembrance day for both countries. Not all warriors were on the battlefields. Some were the miners, autoworkers, + blue collar workers who used the strike to gain basic rights. They are worth remembering.