Labor Day Holiday Weekend

 

Labor Day 2
Image credit: The daily Alaskan. (Skagway, Alaska), 05 Sept. 1908. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014189/1908-09-05/ed-1/seq-1/>

This long weekend commemorates Labor Day, a tribute to the hardworking individuals whose efforts created the American labor movement through trade unions. Were it not for labor unions, workers would not have weekends free or the right to collectively bargain. September 5, 1882 marked the inaugural Labor Day, formed by the Central Labor Union in New York City as a “workingman’s holiday”.

Labor Day 4
Image credit: The daily morning Alaskan. (Skagway, Alaska), 02 Sept. 1902. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87062035/1902-09-02/ed-1/seq-1/>

The holiday weekend also meant an opportunity to travel and leisure, as the following clippings from historic Alaska newspapers demonstrate.

Labor Day Celebration: Cordova, Monday, September 5th; Special Excursion Will arrive from Copper River Camps Sunday afternoon and returning will leave here Tuesday morning. Entertainment for All: McCarthy vs. Cordova Ball Teams Will Play Monday, 10:30 a.m. Rifle Shooting Contest; Afternoon of Street Sports; Boxing Contest at 10 am.; Two Dances at 10:30 p.m.; Cordova Band of 20 Pieces Will Furnish Music During the Day; Come to Cordova for Labor Day
Image credit: The Cordova daily times. (Cordova, Alaska), 31 Aug. 1921. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86072239/1921-08-31/ed-1/seq-6/>
Labor 3
Image credit: The Thlinget. (Sitka, Alaska), 01 Sept. 1911. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn94050023/1911-09-01/ed-1/seq-2/>
Labor Day 5
Image credit: Douglas Island news. (Douglas City, Alaska), 06 Sept. 1899. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84021930/1899-09-06/ed-1/seq-2/>

This Monday, be sure take a moment to reflect back on the contributions of the labor movement to grant workers basic necessities- and a holiday!

 

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