Back in 1920 with nativist sentiment and the Red Scare, popular assessments of Labor Day were barbed and back-handed.
Still, as long as it could be contained and channeled, properly organized for Capital only, Labor could be celebrated. Especially under Prohibition, now with essentially all hops going to British firms as global commodities, there seemed to be a new nostalgia associated with hop picking as an "old time" activity.
|September 5th, 1920|
|Immediately after Meyers sold to Millers|
Reed Opera House
April 10th, 1920
Monday is Labor Day
The Day the Whole Nation Takes Pleasure in Honoring
This is not the day or the nation of loafers, of skimpers and scampers, of sabotage, or seditionists. There are wolves hiding under the honored raiment of Labor that might have so thought; but not so of the true American Workingman, the man of brain and skill, who will never be the catspaw of the Bolshevik ape.
Nowhere is there any desire to reduce Labor's prosperity, except by those who are parasites on the workers; and there will be no occasion for any reduction of wages, if Labor will simply be American and give its skill and energy wholeheartedly to producing a good day's labor for a good day's pay.
This is the way true Americans will answer the problem of the day.
All Honor to American Labor and Labor's Holiday
Yet the morning paper had a weekly Labor column, though it was contested and criticized.
|Weekly Labor Column, September 5th, 1920|
|Criticism of the column as Leninist|
August 16th, 1920
Under the misleading caption of "labor news," for there is no news printed, a weekly dose of Bolshevism spread before the public to foment trouble, create dissatisfaction and increase unrest - an appeal to "class-consciousness" and class hatred cunningly calculated to undermine society and cause industrial turmoil. Who ever the author, he has revolution in his mind and hate in his heart.
- "Carpenters', Street Car Men, and Printers' Unions Led Labor Day in 1919"
- "Fear of Wobblies, Expanding Surveillance State: Labor Day in 1918"
- "As Commercial Hall, old Central School was briefly Hub for Socialism in Salem"
- "Responding to Centralia Riot, W. T. Rigdon Pens Poem urging Purge"
|August 13th, 1920|
|September 6th, 1920|