The History of May Day

May 01, 2014

What is May Day? Does it have anything to do with a May Pole? Why do celebrate labour today, when there’s a statutory holiday dedicated to it in September?

Find answers to these questions and more in Mark Leier’s paper, "May Day: A History of Political Protest."

For an illustrated history of May Day, check out May Day: A Graphic History of Protest, written by Robin Folvik, Mark Leier, and Sean Carleton and illustrated by Sam Bradd and Trevor Mckilligan. May Day is available for purchase from Between the Lines.


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