Posts Tagged ‘Labor Day’

Remember Haymarket!


Haymarket Monument

On Tuesday May 4, 1886, workers striking for an eight-hour day gathered at Haymarket Square in Chicago. A bomb went off, seven cops were killed and seven anarchists were sentenced to death. A combination of a partisan judge and a …

Pullman Strike Begets Labor Day


Pullman Shooting

Congress instituted the Labor Day holiday in 1894 to quell dissent brought on by that year’s nationwide Pullman Strike that began outside of Chicago. Industrialist George Pullman’s employees turned against conditions that he imposed, caused a national furor and led …