Public Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960-1961

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Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower  | Date: September 5, 1960

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Statement by the President: Labor Day.
September 5, 1960

IN THIS, my final Labor Day message as President, I reaffirm my faith in the traditions of America’s working men and women.

Over 184 years ago, the people of the thirteen colonies declared themselves free, proclaiming their purpose of upholding the principles of justice, dignity, and equal opportunity for each citizen in the land. Upon the foundation of these principles Americans have built a dynamic society which has earned the respect and raised the hopes of working people throughout the world.

As a Nation of free men and women, we have worked—with abundant success—to convert our principles into reality. By freely asserting our rights as citizens, we have improved our standard of living, bettered our working conditions, and achieved greater security for ourselves and our families than any other society in the history of mankind.

Today we are challenged to show that our society can make progress in freedom—challenged by an aggressive rival, communism, which seeks adherents to its brand of progress. This rival system is based upon an attitude of life diametrically opposed to ours. Under its flag, the individual worker is harnessed to an enterprise directed by the State. Their system is a powerful machine, capable and ruthless, but it lacks one essential element: the spark of freedom which Americans hold most dear, and without which no sustained or satisfying achievement is possible.

On Labor Day 1960, I am proud to salute the working men and women of America.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER

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Chicago: Dwight D. Eisenhower, "282 Statement by the President: Labor Day.," Public Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960-1961 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960-1961 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1064-1066 Original Sources, accessed September 21, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKW1KLCPDXEL5N5.

MLA: Eisenhower, Dwight D. "282 Statement by the President: Labor Day." Public Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960-1961, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960-1961 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1064-1066, Original Sources. 21 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKW1KLCPDXEL5N5.

Harvard: Eisenhower, DD, '282 Statement by the President: Labor Day.' in Public Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960-1961. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960-1961 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1064-1066. Original Sources, retrieved 21 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKW1KLCPDXEL5N5.