The Beginning and the End of the Weekend

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The Beginning and the End of the Weekend.
Before the 1870’s, the week end was just that. Week end. The week end was Saturday night, not Sunday. Sunday was considered the first day of the week, not the week end, week-end or weekend. It was not for work or fun, it was for worship, a day of rest. Now It’s “week days and weekend”, as Rybczynski points out in Waiting for the Weekend (35). We call the first day of the week, Monday, but it is in fact, Sunday.
There was no such thing as the weekend as we know it until the 1870’s. Workers put in up to 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, according to Krissy Clark’s, A Weekend History Lesson, labor organizers worked with the government to get shorter hours and better working conditions and better pay. These kinds of changes did not easily come back then, some protesters lost their lives for publicly speaking about it and others in riots. Men were insisting on having time to do whatever they wanted, whether it be with their families, get more education or just leisure according to historian Michael Feldberg from Clark. Clark also points out a bumper sticker made by artist Ricardo Levins Morales that says "The labor movement. The folks who brought you the weekend."
The weekend was actually brought about by several things: The unions coming in, pushing for what history.com calls “a working man’s holiday.” In the 1870’s there just happened to be a lot of Jewish immigrants working in the factories as well and their day of the

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