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”