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Our View: Labor had rocky road last century


August 30, 2019

The following are excerpts from a piece done by Ryan Reft, a historian at the Library of Congress. It provides a taste of what Labor Day meant to Americans during World War I. In 1917, as detailed on Page 1 of today’s Pine Knot News, Cloquet workers first took to the streets to celebrate the power of unions. But things were far from cheery when it came to organizing. Labor still had a long way to go, as reflected here and across the country:

Amid war, Labor Day in 1918 took on increased importance. Mobilization had presented unprecedented opportunities, and workers achieved remarkable ad...

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