May Day vs. Labor Day: A Comparison of the Social Significance of the Two Days of Labor Celebration

New York: New York Labor News Company, 1936. First Edition. A spirited -- rollicking, even! -- essay, with attacks on "fakers," "impostors," "swindlers," and other enemies of the working class. May Day is the true holiday of the proletariat, the author says, while Labor Day in the U.S. is fake because it "sticks to the hollow pretense of a brotherhood between capital and labor..." Issued by the radical Socialist Labor Party, the pamphlet argues that American labor leaders have eagerly embraced the capitalist class. "The 'labor' leaders travel through the country in the grandest style, stop at the 'swellest' hotels--often as not, manned with non-union labor. Where they go, liquor flows expensively and plentifully--sometimes swinishly." (page 30) The author, Olive M. Johnson (1872-1954), was a longtime activist, editor, and pamphleteer for the Socialist Labor Party. This pamphlet is peak agit-prop. SCARCE. Item #1497

12mo (7 1/4 inches / 185 mm tall), 40 pages in stapled wrappers. Light soling and creasing to wrappers. Pages clean and unmarked. A Very Good or better copy.

Price: $50.00

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