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American Pastimes: Taking A Sunday Drive

Remember the days when it was common for a man to get out the hot rod for a Sunday drive?

Cruising on a Sunday was once a very popular tradition in the United States. Men and their classic cars would take their girlfriends, wives, and/or families on a car ride each Sunday. This really was a manly thing to do! The goal was to not go anywhere particular, but to drive around and share time together. Maybe they would stop to get a milk shake or share a few laughs. Some would take a drive after church on Sundays. Sunday drives became popular around the time that the automobile was becoming an item in every household. Well-paved roads were starting to become more readily available. It was really a fun time. Nowadays, you may see folks with classic cars doing this but anyone can take a Sunday drive in any car.

We recommend trying in made in USA clothing items! It is quite fun... and comforting!

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Eric Church: Cut From A Different Kind Of Cloth

‘A person or thing not within an enclosure or boundary.’ – Definition of an outsider

Meet Eric Church. Eric is a guitar picking, whiskey drinking, country singing, Carolina native who continues to change country music. This guy really has no boundaries.

His choices in lyrics and sounds are fearless. His approach has helped to achieve multi platinum successes with the album ‘Chief’ (2011) and again with ‘The Outsiders’ (2014), which ranked at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Church says, "I've always felt like an outsider, and I still feel that way. That feeling is something that you never lose, no matter how much acceptance you get. When you've been burned enough, you carry that feeling with you, and it becomes a part of you. That chip on your shoulder becomes a source of strength, and it drives you to push forward."

With his chip on his shoulder, Eric Church is no outsider to the country music charts with singles such as "Drink in My Hand," “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Creepin,” "Homeboy,""Springsteen," "Smoke A Little Smoke" "Cold One," "Talladega" ,"Guys Like Me," and many more.

“They’re the in crowd, we’re the other ones. It’s a different kind of cloth that we’re cut from. We let our colors show, where the numbers ain’t. With the paint where there ain’t supposed to be paint.”-The Outsiders, Eric Church

Despite having great success, Church has not forgotten about those who have supported him throughout his journey. It is not a coincidence that Church chose his recent title song as his latest album's lead single, “The Outsiders.”

Church affirms, "It's outsiders, plural, because it's not just about me. If you look at the cover art, it's me and my band. And in the video, we're coming through the gates, and the fans are coming through behind us. Those people that have always been a part of this journey, and this is where we all get to stand up and say, 'We're here now. You could close the doors on us and brush us off before, but now we're coming through.' "

He has also helped others on their journey. From small acts of allowing a small town kid write about him (that`s me) to larger causes such as founding a non-profit, Church has continued to break boundaries. He and his wife launched the Chief Cares Fund which aids underprivileged families and children throughout Tennessee and Eric’s home state of North Carolina, as well as to help an orphanage in Nepal get beds, clothing, and offer schooling to children that would otherwise never get the chance; deliver bibles and aid to Haiti, and help fund the Humane Society’s no-kill animal shelters with funds that go towards operational costs.

Outsiders have no boundaries. If there`s a lesson we can all learn from Mr. Church, it`s to break a few boundaries in your journey because there`s no telling where it may take you. For Eric Church, his approach with no boundaries in life and music has led him to major success.

He is the sudden change that country music needed. I cannot wait to see what he does next.

Catch Eric Church live on The Outsiders World Tour 2015.

Logan

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16 Quotes That Illustrate American Pride

Do you enjoy patriotic quotes like we do? Here are just a few of our favorites!

1. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, 1776

2. “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” - Benjamin Franklin

3. "... ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy

4. "Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” – George W. Bush

5. "I love my freedom. I love my America." - Jessi Lane Adams

6. "A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth.” - Henry Ward Beecher

8. "My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope." -Herbert Hoover

9. "Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country." - Calvin Coolidge

10. "I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." - Abraham Lincoln

11. “True independence & freedom can only exist in doing what`s right.” – Bringham Young

12. “He loves his country best who strives to make it best.” - Robert G. Ingersoll

13. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” - Ronald Reagan

14. “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” - Harry Truman

15. “The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly." - John F. Kennedy

16. "If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag." - Anonymous

Do you have a favorite patriotic quote? Please feel free to share in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

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How To Wash Your Jeans

A pair of All American Jeans will last you a very long time but if you want yours to last longer, remain shrinkage free, and even keep other clothes from being damaged in the wash, please stick to the following...

-Read the care label inside your All American jean.
-Empty the pockets.
-Turn your jeans inside out.
-Set the washing cycle to delicate.
-Only load All American Jeans with other jeans in the washer. Make sure the load setting is on heavy.
-As our tag reads, ‘machine wash warm with like colors.’ You can also wash with cold water. Do not use hot water.
-If you like softer USA made jeans, add fabric softener during the rinse cycle.
-Remove your jeans right after the washing cycle is complete.
-Turn the jeans right side out and proceed to dry them.
-You can dry your jeans in a number of ways:
-Hang them on a clothes line or rack to air dry. If you are indoors, lay some towels down to catch the dripping water.
-You can put your All American jeans in the dryer. Be sure to turn the dryer on the lowest temperature setting. NOTE: Jeans that are air dried are less likely to shrink and fade than jeans in a dryer.
-After drying, hang your jeans instead of folding to avoid wrinkles and creases.

WARNING:

Hot water and jeans do not mix.
Hot dryers and jeans do not mix.
Other USA made clothing items and jeans do not mix. They turn blue.
Light blue jeans and dark blue jeans do not mix.
Never try to shrink your jeans on your own. They will shrink unevenly. Contact us and we will have the sizing altered.
Black jeans shrink more than blue jeans. Keep warm temperatures and time cycles lower than usual when washing and drying.

If you have any questions about washing and drying your All American Jeans, please feel free to contact our customer service department by phone or email.

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Made in USA: Is It In Your jeans?

Investigating the rise & fall of the once promising American denim industry

By: Logan Beam

For the American denim industry, the loss of jobs has remained a common theme for the past couple decades. Today, denim giants continue to outsource production, denim mills continue to shut down, and many Americans continue to lose jobs in the American denim industry.

Outsourcing and shut downs have been going on for years in the American garment industry. Since the early 1990s this once promising industry has lost 85% of it`s labor force (Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics). So much of the American garment industry has been outsourced that only 2% of the clothing purchased in the USA is even made in America (Source: ABC World News).

Jeans were once an American icon. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, high school kids would begin wearing blue jeans as a status symbol of rebellion towards their adult parents because their parents did not wear jeans. In the 1970s, jeans started to become iconic in culture thanks to celebrities such as Neal Diamond, who sang the famous hit ‘Forever in Blue Jeans.' Blue jeans had arrived. They were a national phenomenon.

Through the 1980s, blue jeans were still in high demand throughout the United States. Many remember the cover of the famous Bruce Springsteen album ‘Born in the USA,’ which was the first compact disc to be made in America. Jeans had now been established as a major part of popular culture. El Paso was now considered the blue jeans capital of the world, where it manufactured an estimated 2 million pairs of America's favorite pants each week (Source: San Antonio Express).

Throughout the 1990s, things would begin to change. American jean giants would begin to move production elsewhere. Their buildings would become vacant, local economies became ruined, and people have been left without jobs. A denim industry that once supported over 900,000 USA jobs hardly supports 100,000 today.

Many believe that made in America jeans no longer exist. Despite this, there is a group of hard working companies making jeans and supporting jobs in the United States today. Many utilize the same resources and support the same jobs in their supply chains, making this group of made in America jean makers unique. Together, they continue to keep the denim industry alive and support thousands of USA jobs because they believe it`s the right thing to do.

Made in USA: It`s In Their Jeans.

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Baldwin Denim
Black & Denim
Bonobos
Bullet Blues
Diamond Gusset
Left Field
Pointer Brand
Raleigh Denim
Rising Sun
Round House
Roy Denim
Tellason
Texas Jeans
Todd Shelton
1791

Is there a made in America jean company we have missed? Please let us know and we`ll get them listed.

Thank you.

 
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All American Clothing Co. Featured On ABC World News

ABC World News reports that $64 spent on a USA Made item by each American can create over 200,000 new jobs. Watch as ABC World News traces clothing back to farmer who grows cotton. ‪#‎MadeInAmerica‬

Trace your tee ☛ www.allamericanclothing.com

About All American Clothing Co:

Founded in 2002 by Lawson & BJ Nickol due to a previous employer`s decision to outsource jeans and jobs to Mexico, the father and son team started the All American Clothing Co – A USA made jean company of their own that vows to never trade USA jobs for foreign profits. The father son duo and their All American Clothing Co. has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN Living, Huffington Post, Fox Business, CNBC, Sirius XM, Forbes, Inc., and many more.

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Hey Fellas, Ditch The Flowers And Chocolate!

Yeah, yeah, yeah… another year, another bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates right? She`s no Forest Gump, she knows what she`s going to get!

Especially when it`s the same thing year after year. This year, you need to throw her off a bit!

Here are 7 Valentine`s Day gifts made in USA you SHOULD get her instead.

1.) Beef Jerky – She`ll never expect it! And she will love it! She may also share. We recommend searching Jerky.Com. They have the widest selection of made in USA jerky.

2.) Lodge Cast Iron Skillet or Dutch Oven – This could end up being a gift in disguise for you as well. She may cook you breakfast with it!

3.) Two fishing poles – Check out Bob`s Made in America Fishing Rods and take her on a fishing trip this Spring. Don`t forget the tackle and worms!

4.) A Fire Pit – Who doesn`t enjoy a nice campfire? Look for a made in USA fire pit at Ohio Flame.

5.) Chocolate covered bacon – Search recipes online and make a batch for her. She`ll love the effort… and the taste!

6.) Go crazy with a white water rafting trip! They are always fun!

7.) A gift card from All American Clothing Co. is always a good addition to any gift! Sorry, we couldn`t finish without a selfless plug… ;)

Did we miss any good gift ideas? Please share your ideas in the comments below!

Good luck!

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Should We Trust The Groundhog?

Phil says winter is coming. Six more weeks of freezing temperatures with snow and ice will continue. The mornings of getting up early to scrape off your car windows until your hands get frostbitten will carry on. Driving on frozen roads, falling on ice, failing to open frozen car doors, higher gas bills, having cabin fever, wearing no shorts, no flip flops, no swimming, and potential house floods, oh my!!! Ice cream will be less fun to eat because it`s too cold!

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Phil has seen his shadow. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club even says Phil has a 100% accuracy.

Yep, we are doomed.

Or are we? Should we believe a furry expert named Phil?

Let`s look at the real track record. According to Storm Fax, Punxsutawney Phil has made 118 prognostications of an early spring (no shadow) 17 times (14%). As of 2014, his correction has been right about 39% of the time.

This could really go either way, so at All American Clothing co. we are preparing you for both winter and spring. This week we will introduce a new made in USA hoodie for winter featuring an all new koozie pocket. The koozie will keep you warm and your favorite beverages cold! We also have the finest American made cargo shorts stocked and ready to go, to help you plan for spring!

Do you prefer a long winter or an early spring?

Click here to get ready.

 
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Step Out of Line America

My name is Josh Miller, I’m a blue-collar worker during the day and an independent filmmaker at night. My passion lies with the “Made in America” movement. Many of you know me as the “Made in USA Guy” and are aware of my documentary film, Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey. All American Clothing Co. has kindly invited me to provide a blog post each month to their website, which I gladly accepted. I’ve got plenty on my mind to share, so here goes the first post.

I travel a decent distance to and from work every day, which gives me quite some time to think about the future. Every morning my mind drifts to thoughts of how my wife and I are going to survive fiscally. We live paycheck to paycheck like most Americans in the new American economy. I glance at my wife’s belly (a little over eight months pregnant), and I’m scared to death and excited at the same time. The scared to death part reaches deep into our parental instinct to ensure we pass on our genes to a new generation and leave that generation better off than ours. I’m also excited to see a combination of myself and my wife’s personality and attributes rolled up into another human being, you find it so hard to believe that the creation of another human being is possible. Protection mode kicks in and you feel like doing less talking and more doing.

This extra energy I’ve felt over the past several months has helped me push myself looking for new opportunities. However, I’ve questioned the very thing we all pursue, the American Dream. First, I think we must define what that means present day. I followed what the education system and society told me to do. Pick out what area you want to study when you’re young, pick a major, and know what it is you want to do with your life. I went through that whole process and fell in line. The only thing that saved me from crushing college debt was the fact that I was a pretty good baseball player, All-American if I may add. I don’t speak much about my accomplishments, but working my butt off since I was a little boy playing America’s game, I thought I would give myself a little shout out. Anyways, I went on and received a Master’s Degree, and I’m now creeping in on 30 years old, I still do what I can just to get by, even thinking about taking on additional side jobs. There is nothing wrong with falling in line, we all have to do it (face realities) at some point in our lives, there is no shame in that, but we have to understand that life is a big chess game and you have to decide when to make your move. My vision of the American Dream requires breaking the mold and playing that game. We must face the reality that momentum is certainly not on the side of the American worker at the moment and is not in favor of the American entrepreneur unless you’re willing to manufacture overseas.

Globalization has opened up America to new markets, but globalization has also crippled American manufacturing because Congress and the White House decided that “making things” isn’t a priority to this country a long time ago. I hear the political rhetoric about “Made in America” all the time during election season, it’s a great crowd pleaser, but at the end of the day is just an empty promise. It may not be in my lifetime, but one day the American people will figure out that they are the butt of a big economic joke. We have spent trillions protecting our physical security as a nation (rightfully so), but at some point we’re going to have to make a stand on our economic security or suffer the consequences. One-way trade agreements continue to erode the middle class and in the long run it will destroy American companies. How can you expect a consumer economy to survive that can’t even put food on the table for their families? We’ve forgotten what built our nation. The unemployment rate has improved, but I’m not convinced that the America of old has returned. I’m disturbed with both sides of the aisle right now, and yes both sides should rightfully accept the blame. I screened my documentary film in Washington DC, not one Congressional leader or Congressional aide showed up for the screening. The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one, and I don’t think we’re ready to accept that we’ve fallen behind and are no longer leading the way in this world. I think it’s time we admit that America is at an economic crossroad and a battle for identity.

For the first time in my lifetime, I see America looking to what the rest of the world is doing, but I say our founders didn’t fight and die for our independence just to watch us become like the rest of the world only a couple centuries later. We must get that pride back. The problem is we must decide what type of country we want to be. I think over time we (Americans) have just accepted the status quo and hoped things would get better. Somehow, the issues with our country should solve themselves, right? We don’t vote, we don’t question/challenge, and we don’t seem to care much about anything except for what the next hit TV reality show will be or what the next iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smartphone will look like. I don’t say this to be offensive, I say this as a wakeup call in which I’m including myself.

The answer to our problems? I wish I could take you step by step toward a future with a better outlook, but if we’re to do our republic any justice we must let our people make that decision as it was intended. We have the power and the influence to turn the tides in our favor again and still be able to take part in world affairs. I told you there was nothing wrong with falling in line, but honestly, the few times I felt I’ve made progress in my life was when I took a chance and jumped from the line. I remember when people smirked at me when I told them I was going to produce a documentary film without prior film experience. The same people that smirked at me, later presented me with ideas for new projects and wanted to get involved in my future endeavors. I don’t say that in spite or with sarcasm, it has just helped me develop two certainties in life: (1) success changes minds and (2) at some point in your life breaking out of that line gives you fresh air and new perspectives which may lead to future success. Just a note, success is never guaranteed. Life is full of calculated risks, but you’re smarter and more adaptable than you give yourself credit for.

With that said, I’m prepared to jump out of line and make a move on the chess board in 2015 and decide whether I’ll make a run for Congress in the next election cycle in my home state of West Virginia. My option is the 2nd Congressional District of West Virginia.

I could go my whole life talking to you about “Made in America” and blogging about securing America’s economic future, or I could put my words into action and find out how important YOU think these issues are to our future. America must be what WE wish it to become or we’ll become what the rest of the world wants us to be.

“I have always thought the actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.” – John Locke

You can check out our website and documentary film at http://www.usa30days.com/