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The Spill: Labor Day, WWII and Womens’ Votes

All the hot news this week.

Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week.

The Story of Labor Day

Labor Day is a day that honors workers. America celebrates with a three-day weekend and many people enjoy hot dogs, barbecues, water balloon fights, and parades.

Nobody knows who to thank for this Monday holiday – a McGuire or a Maguire. Peter J. McGuire was a carpenter. Some records name him as the first person to suggest a day to honor laborers. The challenger, Matthew Maguire, was a machinist (someone who uses machine tools to make metal parts). Some say Maguire invented the holiday in 1882.

New York City held the first Labor Day on September 5, 1882. New York was the first to celebrate the event, but Oregon was the first state to pass a law officially recognizing the holiday, in 1887.

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80 Years Since World War II

World War II began on September 1, 1939; that was 80 years ago. It started when Germany bombed Poland. A group called the Nazis controlled Germany and Adolf Hitler was their leader.

World leaders met in Poland this week to remember what happened all those years ago, and show respect to those who suffered during the war. Vice President Mike Pence said gave a speech to celebrate the Polish people. The German president asked for forgiveness for the past event.

Hitler wanted to expand his Germany and to get rid of all the people he didn’t like – especially Jewish people. Germany occupied Poland for over five years, and the Nazis killed about three million Jewish citizens – about 24% of the Polish population. But the Nazis didn’t stay in Germany and Poland. They attacked over 20 countries in Europe and Africa.

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The 19th Amendment: Women and the Right to Vote

“Everybody counts in applying democracy,” said Carrie Chapman Catt. Democracy is a way of making decisions by letting people get together and vote on what should be done. But women didn’t always have the right to vote in the United States.

Women who wanted the right to vote formed groups as early as the 1820s. But people really started paying attention to them when Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott got together in 1948 and hosted the Women’s Rights Convention. This took place in in Seneca Falls, New York. Women who fought for the right to vote were called women suffragists or suffragettes. The suffragettes argued for the right to vote for nearly 100 years.

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