Strait on: Blood, sweat and violent deaths – the history of Labor Day

Photo of the Chicago Historical SocietyDrawing of the National Guard firing on Pullman strikers, 1894 from Harper’s Weekly. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Labor Day is celebrated in the United States as a time to honor America’s labor force. We take long weekends off and enjoy our few hours away from work as though it were something guaranteed under the Constitution. Folks take it for granted today, not unlike the rights of blacks, women and gays. But everything we enjoy as freedoms come with a price, and all too often that price is paid for by brutal confrontations, beatings and murder. Matthew Maguire, according to modern day historians, is

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