American culture frequently deviates slightly from that of other cultures.

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We use different units of measurement , write the date differently, and stuff our glasses with a tonne of ice .

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In addition, we observe Labor Day rather than May Day as the day on which we honour workers and the labour movement.

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Given that both days began here in the United States, that is especially unusual.

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So how did one spread to other places while the other was declared a government holiday in our country?

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According to a widely read 1982 study by Theodore Watts, Labor Day was first, although the origins of the holiday are debatable.

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Some claim Peter McGuire, a well-known union leader, came up with the idea during a New York Central Labor Union convention in 1882.

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Others give authorship to Mathew Maguire, a well-known radical who is also a renowned union leader and a member of the New York Central Labor Union.

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Watts and other experts contend that union brass changed the founding myth to credit McGuire rather than Maguire after Labor Day gained notoriety in order to allay concerns about radicalism.

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