Studs Tells Why It’s “Labor Day”

For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer, the beginning of a new football season, and a new school year. For others, though, it’s a powerful day of solidarity and remembrance.

In this video, edited together from several sources over the years, Studs tells a story about a confrontation he had with a well-to-do couple that claimed to loathe labor unions. It’s an entertaining story he clearly relishes, but it also touches on the history of labor in the United States, and how it helped win us a number of rights we now take for granted. It’s also a perfect illustration of the incredible uniqueness and significance of our 300+ video Studs Terkel collection.



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The preservation of the Studs Terkel collection was made possible, in part, by the support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.


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