Various factors led to the creation of Labor Day

By Gregory Koteles
Acorn Staff Writer

"I can hire one-half of the working class to kill the other half," Jay Gould once boasted. Railroad tycoon, Wall Street swindler and all-around unscrupulous capitalist, Gould built his tremendous fortune on the backs of countless, nameless laborers.
At the end of the 19th Century, employees were an expendable commodity. Labor strikes weren’t met with scabs, but with Billy clubs and the business-end of a rifle.
In 1894, strike-...

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