Blue jeans are an example of an American product that is popular throughout the
world. They were created by Levi Straus, a young German immigrant, in the
1850s in California. He made them for the gold miners there. The miners often
ripped their pants at the knees and in the back because they had to kneel and bend
looking for gold. Straus created a strong pair of overalls out of canvas, the
material used to tents. He alter used a cotton from France called denim. The denim
was brought from by ships with many Genoese sailors, from Genoa, Italy, in the
crew. From this city’s name came the name jeans.
Blue jeans were popular among cowboys in the Wild West and came to the East
only after the 1930s. Later, in the 1950s, movie stars such as James Dean and
Marlon Brando made jeans popular with American teenagers. In the 1970s,
designers such as Calvin Klein and Gloria Vanderbilt made blue jeans popular
with people of all ages. Today people all over the world wear blue jeans, but the
original idea came from the United States.
Words to memorize
1. immigrant( n.)…….(外來)移民,僑民
immigration (n.) …. 美】(總稱)(外來的)移民
Ex. The immigration to the United States every year is very high.
Ex. John Wang emigrated from Taiwan to Canada last year.
2. miner (n.)….. 礦工
Ex. He is a gold miner.
3. rip (v.)…. 劃破
rip- ripped- ripped
Mike ripped his pants at school today morning.