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A new generation of 'Buy American' efforts

A new generation of 'Buy American' efforts

A new manufacturing documentary that will get an advance screening in Baltimore this week suggests that average Americans aren't powerless to stop job loss in the sector.

It's a simple and surprisingly old message that has seen a resurgence since the rough recession: Buy American.

The independent filmmakers behind "American Made Movie" — being released Aug. 30 — say they're not protectionists and are happy to hear about foreign-owned manufacturers with factories in this country. Their main point is just that consumers can make a difference by making an effort to buy products produced domestically.

"It's simple economics, right?" said...