Labor Day

This blog was written by Brandy Maldonado.

What is Labor Day?

Labor Day is a U.S. holiday celebrated on the first Monday of September. Labor Day was created as a U.S. holiday in the late 19th century to celebrate the accomplishments of American workers. It was made a national holiday by President Grover Cleveland in 1894. Labor Day is notably celebrated in the U.S. with parades, barbecues, fireworks, picnics, and retail shopping.

Labor Day, book cover
Labor Day, book cover
There Is Power in A Union, book cover
Union Made, book cover

The History of Labor Day

During the industrial revolution in the 1800’s, American workers were subjected to poor working conditions, 12 hour workdays, 7 day work weeks, dismal pay, child labor, and insufficient work breaks. These conditions led to labor unions gaining more traction across the country to negotiate better pay and better working conditions for laborers.

The first celebration of Labor Day commenced on September 5, 1882 in New York city by the Central Labor Union. By 1894, 23 states had adopted the Labor Day holiday, celebrating the strength and prosperity of U.S. workers. The celebration of Labor Day by 23 states led President Grover Cleveland to declare the first Monday of September as the national Labor Day holiday on June 28, 1894.

Celebrate Labor Day

As we come together this Labor Day, celebrating the diverse labor, both seen and unseen, that has defined our nation, it's also a time for communal gatherings and cherished traditions. If you're looking for inspiration for your barbecue or picnic, check out these titles.

Barbecue, book cover
Southern Barbecue & Grilling, book cover
Cowboy Barbecue, book cover
VBQ : the ultimate vegan barbecue cookbook : over 80 recipes, seared, skewered, smoking hot! - VBQ, book cover
Picnic, book cover
The Bears' Picnic, book cover

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