In the midst of the Industrial Revolution, Americans worked twelve-hour days for seven days a week to make a decent living. The working conditions weren’t safe, as everyone worked in unsafe conditions, weren’t given proper breaks, and the areas weren’t very sanitary. The working life for an American didn’t always consist of forty-hour workweeks and two day weekends, but Labor Day marks the celebrations of overcoming those challenges.
Read the history about how Labor Day came into existence in the United States here.
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