Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested

Happy Long Holiday Weekend!

Today is Labor Day in the US, the [un]official end of summer–sales, barbecues, flags and fun, right? But also what today is about is the “labor” in “organized labor.” Image from US Dept. of Labor In 1898 (four years after Labor Day became a federal holiday), Samuel Gompers, head of the AFL, called Labor Day

Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested

I hope everyone is having a great Labor Day!

Labor Day–that’s the [un]official end of summer in the US–sales, barbecues, flags and fun, right? Actually, what today is about is “Labor” as in organized labor. In 1898 (four years after Labor Day became a federal holiday), Samuel Gompers, head of the AFL, called Labor Day the day for which the toilers in past centuries

Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789:

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested