It wasn’t always about the grilling and chilling.

In fact, the last glorious taste of summertime that Labor Day’s come to represent masks the often overlooked turbulent history that led to its establishment in the first place.

In the late 19th Century, America was undergoing a

Source:: The Lowdown

Labor Day’s Violent Roots: The Hard-Won Fight for Your Three Day Weekend 8 March,2017Matthew 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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