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September 20, 1887
According to folklorist John Garst, steel-drivin’ man John Henry, born a slave, outperformed a steam hammer on this date at the Coosa Mountain Tunnel or the Oak Mountain Tunnel of the Columbus and Western Railway (now part of the Norfolk Southern) near Leeds, Ala. Other researchers place the contest near Talcott, W.Va Union Communication Services

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The History of Labor Day and What It Means Today
Posted On: Aug 29, 2018
August 29, 2018 | LABOR HISTORY | Labor Day is on Monday, Monday, September 3, 2018. Before you celebrate by running off to your nearest beach, you may want to know how this holiday was started. The history of Labor Day, originally tied to the "dignity of workers", underscores the uphill climb U.S. clock-punchers and career professionals have had for the past 100-plus years. From mail room attendant to coal miners to office secretaries and more, the story of Labor Day is not only one of celebration, but of bloodshed and sacrifice, as well, as those workers from generations past paid a steep price for advancing the cause of labor for generations to come… The Street

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