Labor Day In The United States – A History

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Labor Day History

Labor Day images - Iconic image of Rosie the Riveter, but with the words 'Don't Call me Rosie. Or Else!' above her head.

In June, 1894, Congress  declared the first Monday in September as Labor Day and a legal holiday in all states, territories and the District of Columbia.

Labor Day was created by the American labor movement following a bloody strike in Chicago. Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Labor Day is an annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the United States.

America’s Labor Day spawned the worldwide Labor Day holiday, which is usually celebrated on May 1.

Pieces of History: A Different View of Labor Day and Labor Icons

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory FireThe tragic events that took place Saturday afternoon of March 25, 1911, at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City stirred America to move to protect workers.

Locked inside the factory when fire swept through, 146 people died in less than 20 minutes – some burned to death; others leaping 100 feet to their deaths to escape the flames. Most victims of the fire were immigrant women.

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