It wasn’t always about hot dogs and cornhole.

In fact, the poolside serenity of this three-day weekend masks the often forgotten turbulent history that led to the establishment of Labor Day.

The late 19th Century was an era of rapid industrialization. America’s urban centers were bursting at the seams, filled with indigent …read more

Source: The Lowdown

Labor Day’s Violent Roots: The Hard Won Fight for Your Three-Day Weekend 4 September,2015Matthew Green


Matthew Green

Matthew Green is a digital media producer for KQED News. He previously produced The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog. Matthew's written for numerous Bay Area publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. He also taught journalism classes at Fremont High School in East Oakland.

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