LABOR DAY LESSON
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Students should read the story silently,
then answer the questions about the story that follow. Discuss the
answers to the questions with students.
Excerpt from passage
The first Monday in September is Labor Day in the United States. Labor Day was originally intended to honor workers like carpenters and construction workers for the hard labors that built our country's buildings, roads, and machines. The first Labor Day was observed on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. It is still not known for sure who first proposed the holiday, but many accounts credit a man named Peter McGuire. McGuire was a member of an organization called the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. He also helped to found the American Federation of Labor (AFL), a group that protects the rights of workers. The AFL is still one of the largest unions in the United States.
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