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Labor Day

Labor Day Lessons and Teacher Resources


Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. … The holiday originated in 1882 as the Central Labor Union of New York City sought to create ‘a day off for the working citizens.’ Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday on June 28, 1894, two months after the May Day Riots of 1894. May 4 was chosen to remember the Haymarket Affair. … Today, Labor Day is often regarded as a day of rest and parades. … Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. … Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer. … However, of late, schools have begun well before Labor Day, as early as July 24 in many urban districts…” Wikipedia

The International Labour Organization’s recent estimates suggest that there are still 215 million children involved in child labor in the world in violation of international standards. In the United States, children are protected by child labor laws from working excessive hours or in potentially hazardous conditions.

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