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The Real History of Labor Day

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The revolution will not be televised because it is all ready being televised. As we approach yet another Labor Day the beleaguered and beguiled will not hear an inkling of what this holiday really means or what it represents in the American landscape. Instead the mislead multitudes will be entertained with fireworks and patriotic music, backyard barbeques, beer and maybe a day off from work. Ah, yes, America loves it workers; so much, that sometimes it has to kill them.


On January 13, 1874 as unemployed workers demonstrated in New York's Tomkins Square Park, a detachment of New York mounted police charged into the crowd wielding billy clubs, beating indiscriminately men, women and children and leaving hundreds wounded. The New York police commissioner later commented, "It was the most glorious sight I ever saw""


June 21, 1877, ten coal mining labor activists known as Molly Maguires were hanged in Pennsylvania. The men were tried on trumped up charges in a state government run by coal money. The state was sending a message of freedom to its beloved workers: shut up, do as your told, don't try to unionize or else! Ah yes, that blessed freedom that we hear so much about as men are being dragged away to be executed.



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