LABOR DAY: WHAT IT MEANS
According the U.S., Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” (History of Labor Day)
LABOR DAY LEGISLATION
“Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.” (The History of Labor Day)
So, as many of my U.S. friends are doing, I’m taking off work today. I must refuel my energies. I offer you a review of some of my most recent posts dealing with the early history of England and the development of the English literature. Enjoy your families!!!
The Development of the English Language During the Anglo-Norman Period ~
Anglo-Normans, Anglo-Saxons, British history, Great Britain, Chanson de Roland, Charlemagne, Earl William of Normandy, King Arthur, Mercian, Norman Conquest, Norman French, Northumbrian, West Saxon.
Anglo-Norman Literature ~
Anglo-Normans, British history, Great Britain, literature, real life tales, ballads, England, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Geraaldus of Wales, Great Britain, Layamon, literature, Wace, Walter Map.
Anglo-Norman Literature: Introduction to Medieval Verse Romance ~
Anglo-Normans, British history, Great Britain, real life tales, Alexander the Great, Arthurian legends, Chansons de geste, Charlemagne, England, epic poems, literature, medieval verse romance, siege of Troy. Bookmark the permalink. Edit
Anglo-Norman Literature: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ~
Anglo-Normans, British history, Great Britain, literature, Arthurian legend, literature, romance verse, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Anglo-Norman Literature: Beyond “Sir Gawain and the Green Night” ~
Anglo-Normans, British history, literature, romantic verse, King Arthur, King Horn, Layamon’s Brut, medieval, medieval literature, Modred, romantic adventure.
Anglo-Norman Literature: Ballads (Part 1) ~
Anglo-Normans, ballads, British history, Great Britain, Child ballads, Edward. The Douglas Tragedy, Riddles Wisely Expounded, Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne, Robin Hood and the Monk, Robin Hood’s Death, Sir Patrick Spens, The Wife of Usher’s Well.
Anglo-Norman Literature: Ballads (Part 2) ~
Anglo-Normans, ballads, British history, Great Britain |Bonnie George Campbell, Bonny Barbara Allen, Johnnie Armstrong, Kemp Owyne, Sweet William’s Ghost, The Hunting of the Cheviot, The Three Ravens, The Twa Corbies, Thomas Rymer and the Queen of Elfland __________________________________
Life in Early Britain: The Anglo-Saxons ~
Anglo-Saxons, British history, Great Britain, cultural characteristics.
Anglo-Saxon Literature: The Epic Poem “Beowulf” ~
Anglo-Saxons, British history, Great Britain, Beowulf, epic poem, literature.
Anglo-Saxon Literature: Early Epic Poems ~
Anglo-Saxons, British history, Great Britain, literature, Beowulf, epic poem, The Battle of Bruna’s Burg, The Battle of Maldon, The Finnesburg Fragment.
Anglo-Saxon Literature: Charms and Riddles ~
Anglo-Saxons, British history, Great Britain, literature, charms, literature, poetry, riddles.
Anglo-Saxon Literature: Poetry ~
Anglo-Saxons, British history, Great Britain, literature, poetry, Deor, elegy, literature, lyric, Old English, The Seafarer, Widsith.
Anglo-Saxon Christian Writings ~
Anglo-Saxons, British history, Bede, Caedmon, Cynewulf, religious writing
The Anglo-Saxon World: King Alfred, William of Normandy, and the Doomsday Book ~
Anglo-Saxons, British history, Great Britain, King Alfred, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, the Doomsday Book, William of Normandy.
History is sure rich, isn’t it. Thanks for all the links. Jen
I’m continuing the series on Wednesday, Jen. Several people mentioned they’d not read all the pieces.