We all think of Labor Day as one of those national holidays we get off from work, but do you know the actual history behind it?
Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.
In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.
Labor Day is celebrating all of the hard work we ALL do at our jobs. By the way…the first Labor Day parade happened in 1882-when factory workers were earning about 75 CENTS a day for 60-hour work weeks. Gug.