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On June 25, 1868, Congress passed an act that established an eight hour work day for anyone employed by the federal government. In May 1869, President Grant issued a proclamation directing that wages for this eight-hour workday would not be reduced because of the reduction of hours. This act of Congress and Presidential proclamation encouraged workers in private
industry to lobby for a shorter workday, although it would be many years
before it happened.


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"Eight-Hour Proclamation" article from the Gazette and Courier newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
author   Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)
date   May 24, 1869
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   3.25"
width   3.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.123

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