Happy Labor Day. There was a time when Labor Day actually celebrated the American worker. Now it’s all about making people work at Labor Day sales. Hopefully some of you proles are enjoying a well-earned day of rest.
Here’s an illustration of the first Labor Day parade in 1882 held in New York City, back when parades were a thing. There are some interesting signs in there.
ABOLISH CONVICT LABOR
AGITATE / EDUCATE / ORGANIZE
PAY NO RENT
LABOR CREATES ALL WEALTH
WHO STOLE THE TENEMENT HOUSE REFORM BILL (Context)
ALL MEN ARE BORN EQUAL
THE TRUE REMEDY IS ORGANISATION & THE BALLOT
LABOR PAYS ALL TAXES
Now go buy something.