Right-Wing Media Ignore the American Origins of May Day

Samantha 2012/05/03 16:44:32
But Fox is obscuring the origin of this holiday, which began in 19th-century America.

According to the Chicago Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Chicago, the origins of May Day date back to a weeklong strike in Chicago that began on May 1, 1867, after a state law limiting the work day to eight hours was ignored. Two decades later, Chicago's labor movement organized another campaign for an eight-hour workday on May 1, 1886. Several episodes of violence erupted between police and strikers and other supporters of the movement that week, and the movement was suppressed.

Although communist nations adopted the holiday in the 20th century, the origin of May Day is undeniably American. Instead of celebrating the American ideal of an eight-hour workday, a 40-hour workweek, and weekends off, the virulently anti-union Fox News is painting the struggle for these standards of American labor as something foreign and to be feared.

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