Labor Day Pop Quiz: What Are We Really Celebrating This Weekend?

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labor day parade posterMost people only think of Labor Day as a nice excuse for long weekend, the beginning of fall, or the start of football season. But the last holiday of summer is more than a day off work: It’s also one of the most controversial of American holidays, a celebration of the laborers — and more specifically, the unionized laborers — who made America strong. In honor of America’s workers, we put together this little quiz.

If you’ve ever wondered what Labor Day means, how it came into being, or why it’s still important, take a peek.


Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.



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