Hi friends and happy Labor Day! This year is my first Labor Day as a union member, so that feels kind of extra special. I’m the only person I know (outside of my family) who gets excited about this holiday. In fact, it is one of my favorites! Why? Because we had a visitor in the night. A long standing family tradition of the Great Samuel Gompers bringing books in the night. And, as you can see, he came again last night (with a little help from my mom). My roommates aren’t home yet, but tune in later today to find out what books Gompers brought to us all! Continue reading “Happy Labor Day!”→
Hi friends and happy Labor Day! I’m skipping today’s marry, date or dump to tell you about a funny tradition my family has. I’ve never met anyone outside my family who does this, but just like Santa brings present on Christmas or the bunny brings a basket on Easter, on Labor Day I get a book from Samuel Gompers. Pretty weird, right?
When I was growing up, I was told Samuel Gompers brought me a book because he made it so children didn’t have to work in the factories and could go to school. Now I know the history behind Samuel Gompers, one of the most famous American labor rights activists, is more complicated. Yes, he did do a lot of good things, but he also promoted a lot of racism and exclusion within the labor movement. Definitely a mixed legacy. Continue reading “My Funny Labor Day Tradition”→