The Meaning of Labor Day

Mattie White

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Many students love Labor Day, mostly because it’s another day out of school. However, if you know why it’s a holiday or even what it means then I have to say I’d be surprised. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894 and was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century. There are still doubts to who the founder of Labor Day is. Some believe that Peter J. McGuire was the first to suggest a day to recognize “who frome rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” Others believe that Matthew McGuire proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. Whoever came up with the idea to take a day off to remember the working Americans, I’m sure we all appreciate him and his idea to honor them.

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