Monday, September 03, 2007

Could You Feed Coxey's Army Today?

My mother used to say that she had "cooked enough food to feed Coxey's Army" on Labor Day and on other major holidays.

How many people still know what that means?

Grover Cleveland signed a bill June 28, 1894, designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day as several armies of hungry unemployed marched on Washington to seek relief. This photo shows Jacob. S Coxey's "Army of the Commonweal of Christ" marching on the capital.

If you're celebrating Labor Day as a time for picnics or backyard BBQs today, stop and thank Coxey's Army (and all of the union workers hoping for a better life for you and for them) for making your long weekend possible.

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19--


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