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What is the history of Labor Day?

Holiday honors economic and social impact of America's workforce

With the three-day weekend in store, people across the world are grateful for Labor Day, but how many people truly know what Labor Day is, the sacrifices that were made and how the holiday came about?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day originated in the 19th century "when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America's strength, prosperity, and well-being."

During the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution had people of all ages working long hours to make a living, with no weekends off. Both adults and children were pu...


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