Chicago’s Radical History and the Origins of Labor Day

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Labor Day weekend is usually filled with cookouts, cold drinks, and last-minute summer trips, yet the origins of Labor Day could not be less tranquil. The federal government created the national holiday 125 years ago amidst intense and often violent strife between wealthy industrialists, workers and the law. In the 1880s and ’90s, Chicago was […]