As the ladies are putting away their white clothes (remember that?) and the gentlemen are mowing their lawns for the last time this summer (!), let us celebrate Labor Day with all due pomp and circumstance.
Did you know — I didn’t — that Labor Day “became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority.”
The legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday passed Congress unanimously and was signed into law less than a week after the strike ended.
Who knew that Congress could be so efficient?