Labor Day 2019 is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday.  

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Originally, the observance and celebration of Labor Day was typically a street parade designed to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community.

How things have changed.  As has the labor force itself!  Over 125 years ago – in 1882 – it was the middle of what would be recognized as a time of INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION.  Between 1860 and 1897, the United States was marked by tremendous expansion of industry and agriculture as well as the spread of settlement across the continent. 

What preceded this expansion?  THE CIVIL WAR (1861-1865).  Many of the contributions leading to the INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION in the U.S. – on which Labor Day was founded – are tied very directly to the end of the Civil War.  Industrial expansion during the post-Civil War years was based on connecting the industrial northeast with the farm and grazing areas of the Midwest and Plains states with the completion of the transcontinental railroads. 


The face of the labor force was in transition, as well.  The National Museum of American History notes that, “indispensable to this (period’s) growth and development were an unprecedented surge in immigration and urbanization after the Civil War. American society was in transition. Immigrants arriving from southern and Eastern Europe, Asia, Mexico, and Central America, were creating a new American mosaic. And (with U.S. integration), the power of Anglo-Saxon Protestants--once so dominant--began to wane.”

SEPTEMBER 2, 2019 – CELEBRATE LABOR.  CELEBRATE A DIVERSIFIED LABOR FORCE!  ICMCP encourages you to pay tribute to this country’s strength, freedom and leadership – the American worker. YOU!

September 17-18, 2019 – Join ICMCP to continue the celebration, and celebrate each other…in ATLANTA!  ICMCP National Conference – LEARN MORE HERE!  Join us!  CELEBRATE!


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