Made in America

As dissatisfaction with Britain grew in the colonies, attention was devoted to create a new American culture, with new holidays and symbols. Americans began to critique luxury items valued in the mother land, and prided themselves on a simpler way of life. Woman began to make simple homespun garments to characterize a political movement, which separated them from Europe. These simple garments worn by colonist were very effective because they stood out compared to the elaborate silk garments of colonial elites. Throughout the nation, people started to produce all types of goods with symbols of American nationalism on them. Like the sweatshirt in the picture, things were created in red, white, and blue, with the flag or other revolutionary symbols on them.