Today, I take a small sidestep from blogging about Personal Finance. Today, I would like to educate some of you on some of our glorious nation's history. That of Labor Day.
Labor Day is, in fact, the result of the massacre that occurred in Chicago's Haymarket Square in 1886. The United States, in an attempt to disassociate themselves from, and to basically forget about, the massacre of unarmed civilians and the prosecution of innocent persons, decided on the first Monday of September as the official holiday, in observance of the working common-folk. The actual day that protests for the 8-hour workday occurred on May 4, 1886.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair - Somewhat bipartisan accounts of the day and the proceedings and effects.
http://faculty.cns.uni.edu/~campbell/gened/labour.html that is to-the-point and asks a great question...
Why does the rest of the world observe this event accurately, while we blindly praise our government for a day off from the work that our forefathers fought and died for?
Labor Day - the UGLY TRUTH
September 5th, 2011 at 10:54 am