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Labor Day – Interactive

Labor Day is a great holiday to explore on the internet with seniors. These historical photos of child workers taken by Lewis Hine in the early 20th century are credited with inspiring what we know as the labor movement.

While people then and now were outraged to see these pictures, a lot of aging seniors might have had parents or siblings who grew up working in fields and factories similar to these images.

Talk with seniors about what work was like in the old days. What kind of work did their parents and grandparents do?

Check out the history of Labor Day in this article from the Department of Labor, and here are some facts about ‘the workingman’s holiday.”