My step-dad explained to me what Labor Day as a national holiday was really meant to signify: the 8 hour day, safe working conditions and decent pay.
Interview with Del Berg who served in the famed Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and is a long-time activist in the labor and peace movements.
It's funny what you don't learn in school. Funny is the wrong word. Actually it's quite sad.
Book review: Eric Foner's "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery."