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Roots of Labor Day in Detroit reach back to before the Civil War

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The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives
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Participants in the 1960 Labor Day parade in New York. On Monday September 5, President Obama is expected to give a speech in Detroit.

As we prepare to mark the end of summer with Monday's Labor Day holiday, we wanted to take a look back at this holiday because its roots -- at least in Detroit -- reach all the way back to before the Civil War.

Joining us is our favorite source for these moments when we look back in time - writer Bill Loomis.

Listen to the audio above.

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