Strap-Hangers’ League, Harlan

Do you know the history of Labor Day being a federal holiday? The Pullman strike of 1894 saw union activists murdered by the U.S. Military. Following the tragedy, Congress unanimously passed and President Grover Cleveland signed it into law, as an attempt at an apology for murdering union activists. #themoreyouknow

I don’t have a Pullman-era button (yet) but this from the Strap Hangers’ League from 1910 shows a unity around transit in Harlan, Iowa. Pullman car drivers refused to drive Pullman-made vehicles while the factory workers were on strike in 1894, something that served as a boiling over point for the strike efforts. 

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