Did you know that in the late 1800s the average American worked 12-hours per day, seven-days a week to make a living. Even children as young as 6 often worked in mills, factories and mines in America. It was fairly common to see people working in unsafe conditions with many injuries and even deaths. We had just moved from an agricultural economy into an industrial revolution. When we consider America’s labor history, we should view our jobs of today as tremendous blessings.
Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of those American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.
I’ve always admired the devoted and hard working men and women of America. They have persevered through a wide range of economies and wars. Labor is one of the key elements that has made this country great. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who have, and continue to produce goods and products that we all take for granted. Many people today did not get a chance to work in the fields or factories. My parents were hard workers and always helped others. I can remember when I was young, picking cotton, raising truck crops and even occasionally plowing with a mule. Even though times were tough we didn’t notice. We thought every one else was in the same boat. Those were fun times and they definitely taught us many lessons and a sincere appreciation of the abundance of Gods blessings.
For many Americans, Labor Day also announces the end of summer and is celebrated with picnics, parades and athletic events. I hope this little background helps us all to stop and appreciate Labor in America a little more and how we are so blessed in so many ways today. Lets all pull together to keep this great country great. God bless America!