Sep. 5th, 2011

Today is September 5th, and this is a day known in the United States of America as Labor Day. Labor Day is a celebration of work and workers, and it is a federally declared holiday. It has been celebrated for the past 117 years in this country as a day of parades and festivities to recognize the contributions that work has made to the advancement of our society.

Despite the fact that most Americans observe this holiday, the origins of Labor Day are rarely discussed in the media, and hence few Americans understand why and how Labor Day came to be recognized. The man in the street, as a rule, could not tell you much about the Pullman Strike or other events of the late 1800's that impacted the way that work is done in America – events that continue to reverberate even today. I believe that on this day we shall recapitulate the origins of Labor Day, as good a way to celebrate a holiday as any other that could be conceived.

Therefore let us consider the nature of Work, which is energy transferred by a force over a distance in the same direction as that force.

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