Category Archives: history

And a Bit More on the Origins of Labor Day

I’m a little late in reading this month’s issue of the Hightower Lowdown, but it is also about Labor Day. The first thing I noticed in it is that the idea of Labor Day is credited to Matthew Maguire, “a 19th century … Continue reading

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Speaking of Labor Day (and James Green)

Historian James Green, whose book Death in the Haymarket I mentioned in a footnote in my last post, has an article called “Solidarity Forever! When Labor Had Its Day, And Why Its Time Has Come Again” on WBUR. In it, he notes Labor … Continue reading

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Labor Day and May Day

The other day, Jacobin reminded us that “Labor Day is May 1” and that the official U.S. Labor Day is “a boss’s holiday.” (I’ll call them May Day and Labor Day, to be clear.) I fully agree with the sentiment … Continue reading

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BackStory: A Compliment and a Complaint; Liberals and Class

BackStory is a history podcast/radio show that I have been listening to regularly for about a year now. It’s done by three historians (two from the University of Virginia and one from the University of Richmond), deals with timely topics, … Continue reading

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Rosa Parks, Racism, and Labor History

In today’s “Today in Labor History” put out by Union Communication Services, we learn of this moment in labor history: “Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man launched the 1955 Montgomery, Ala., bus … Continue reading

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