Oklahoma’s labor history is rich, complicated, and dramatic. During the Oklahoma statehood convention of 1907, people boasted that 70% of our constitution came from the American Federation of Labor, and our state even adopted the motto Labor omnia vicent, or Labor conquers all.
While Oklahomans are recognized for our football, country singers, and casinos, this Labor Day, we invite you to take a look at Oklahoma’s labor force, and learn about the people who work to make our state great. You can also read about Oklahoma’s organized labor history at the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Encyclopedia of OK History and Culture.
For a vivid remembrance of one of Oklahoma’s most colorful labor personalities, checkout our Goodbye Tulsa podcast of Coleman Davis.