Saturday, you'll recall, was International Workers' Day aka May Day aka day on which trust-fund commies throw bottles, torch cars, and yell "Die yuppie scum!" In tetchy parts of Europe, anyway. (See here and here.)
But in ‘Merica, it occasions about as much brouhaha as Secretary's Day, which is weird because International Workers' Day was born here. So in honor of the United States's not-insignificant contribution to workers' rights everywhere, we've compiled some of the best Yankee prole propaganda around with help from Lincoln Cushing and Timothy W. Drescher, authors of Agitate! Educate! Organize!: American Labor Posters (Cornell University Press).
The first International Workers' Day was a tribute to the victims of Chicago's 1886 Haymarket Affair, a strike gone terribly wrong that sparked outrage from France to Cuba. Today, 66 countries officially celebrate the event. The United States isn't one of them. "A garland for May Day" by the British illustrator Walter Crane in 1895