Labor Day in America: A Visual Primer [Infographic]

Labor Day is here again! It’s a holiday that means many things to Americans. It is the unofficial end of summer, the start of a new school year, and the last chance to enjoy beautiful weather before the fall creeps inexorably toward winter. It’s a day for picnics in the back yard and baseball games on the television. For some people, it even marks the day when all of their white clothes are put away for another year.

Yet, in the hoopla of all the family and cultural traditions surrounding the holiday, we sometimes forget, that it is supposed to be a day to reflect on the legacy of the American Worker. Labor Day became a National Holiday on June 28, 1894 when Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. It was intended as a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

This nation was built on the strong backs and strong arms of the American worker, men and women whose blood and sweat carved a great society, brick by brick, rail by rail, from the raw material of our determination, innovation, and national identity.

The infographic below serves as a primer to help bring Labor Day in America into perspective. Everything we have, everything we are, we owe to the American worker. On this Labor Day, sometime between the cucumber salad and the 7th inning stretch, take a moment to reflect on the incredible achievements of the American workforce. It has taken this nation to great heights; we crossed a continent, built monuments to human ingenuity, and walked on the moon.  In the years to come, the American worker will take us further still as the unfinished story of this great experiment, The United States of America, continues to unfold.



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  • PatFrame

    When is this from?? $4/gallon gas — more like $2.21 in US today Labor Day 2016

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