We all know you mustn’t be caught dead with a white outfit after Labor Day, but there’s one thing you can and should be seen with: a book about the American labor movement. In case you forgot that Labor Day is about more than just fashion and taking the day off—it’s actually a commemoration of the contributions American workers have made to this country. So as soon as you’ve finished switching your wardrobe from summer to fall, settle down with one of these reads to see how labor has been defined throughout history, and what it’s meant to any of these great authors.
Bookshelf curated by Emma Oulton. Image credits: Rawpixel Ltd/iStock.com