How a pastor and a seamstress gave us Labor Day

Vikki Ortiz Healy for the Tribune:

When two Pullman residents, the Rev. William Cowardine and Jennie Curtis, a seamstress, brought the unfair work conditions to the attention of the American Railway Union in 1894, it prompted a nationwide shutdown of railways that begged action from then-President Grover Cleveland.

(h/t Lindsay Greer)


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September 6, 2016 · city · Chicago · culture · Labor Day · Pullman

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