honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. The form that observance and celebration of Labor should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday, a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength of the trade and labor organizations” of the community. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership, the American workers.
Citations "UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR." The History of Labor Day . 2015. Web. 4 Sept. 2015. <;. "Labor Day." History.com . A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 4 Sept. 2015. <;.
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- Cliff Tyndall
- History, Trade union, Labor Day, Labor unions in the United States