Labor Day: What a Tad Bit of Research Can Teach Us

While today there is much political debate about Labor Day, labor unions, minimum wage, etc. I want to refrain from joining that particular debate. Rather I would like to simply point out some of the great social change that resulted from the rise of the labor movement.

Changes to laws regarding child labor, immigrant labor, and daily and weekly hour standards all vastly improved the quality of life for the average American worker. If you are unaware of the conditions that sparked the labor movement, try this quote on for size, from the article linked below:

“In southern cotton mills, 25 percent of the employees were below the age of fifteen, with half of these children below age twelve.”

from History.com

The stories and statistics are endless, all of which you can find with just a tad bit of online research. Today we “celebrate” Labor Day as a day to enjoy one last summer holiday, one last chance to squeeze in an end-of-summer cookout. But if Labor Day serves no other purpose, it should at least serve as a reminder of just how blessed we are to live today, as opposed to a mere 100 years ago, when conditions were unthinkable by today’s standards.

I urge you to take a few moments, as summer is winding down, to conduct that “tad bit of research,” because in doing so, you will feel very blessed. You may even stop complaining a little bit about your current lot in life.

And here’s an added tip: If you have a child or teen who endlessly whines about doing their chores, or about how rough their life is, do the research with them.

That being said, if you are just feeling too lazy on this dog day of summer, I’ve included a couple of examples here to save you the labor:

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