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JIM: A perspective on Labor, Labor Day from over 100 years ago

'Where labor is respected, where there is dignity in toil, and where idleness is disreputable, society is upon a substantial foundation.'


A Perspective on Labor and Labor Day

Labor is the great creative force of the world. The achievements of labor constitute the chief difference between civilization and savagery. It is by labor that mankind has advanced from the crude primitive condition to the present state of comfort and enlightenment. Every book, every work of art, every useful and pleasing thing in the creation of civilization is one great monument to labor.

The progress of society may be measured by its attitude towards those who work. The people ruled by parasites must excite the contempt of honest men. Where labor is respected, where there is dignity in toil, and where idleness is disreputable, society is upon a substantial foundation.

Labor Day is designed to direct attention to the rights of those who do the world's work, and to impress upon all elements of society a recognition of labor's part in making civilization what it is.

Excerpted from an op-ed piece first published in the Lexington Herald and subsequently reprinted in the September 25, 1907 edition of the Adair County News. - JIM

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