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Cut to the Chase: Labor Day and agriculture

by Denny Banister

Monday, Sept. 5, is the 117th observance of Labor Day in the United States. We can thank America’s labor unions, the real creators of Labor Day, for this national holiday. The industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries resulted in vast numbers of people leaving the farm to live in cities and to work in factories.

Working conditions then were awful compared to current standards. To

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