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Makayla Richardson, Writer

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Image result for labor day    As you all may know Labor day is coming up. But do you know the background behind this holiday? Labor Day is a nationwide holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. Labor Day is dedicated to the contributions and achievements of American workers. The first annual Labor day was held on  September 5, 1882 and thousands of employees took unpaid time off their jobs to march from the city hall to Union Square in New York City. This marked the celebration of the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. Just a year later, in 1883, the Central Labor Union held the second Labor Day holiday on the same exact day. By 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday by Congress in the District of Columbia. Although Labor Day was finally made a national holiday, the original founder of Labor Day is still unknown. There has been a great deal of speculation as to whose idea it was to propose this holiday. Many people credit Peter J. McGuire, the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, while others say that Matthew Maguire, the secretary of the Central Labor Union, first proposed the idea of the holiday. Some records show Peter J McGuire proposed the holiday, while other records show Matthew Maguire first proposed it while working at the Central Labor Union in the year of 1882. Who do you think is the real founder of Labor Day?

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