America in the British Imagination: 1945 to the Present by John F. Lyons (auth.)

By John F. Lyons (auth.)

How used to be American tradition disseminated into Britain? Why did many British electorate embody American customs? And what photo did they kind of American society and politics? This enticing and wide-ranging historical past explores those and different questions on the U.S.'s cultural and political effect on British society within the post-World struggle II period.

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2 million. With the introduction of commercial television in Britain in 1955, American Westerns, comedies and crime series filled the television screens of Britain as broadcast companies found it more profitable to import American television programs rather than make their own. American TV programs were fast paced and kept the audience in suspense as they advanced the story over weekly episodes of the series. 99 Television Westerns were particularly admired in the 1950s. “When I was a lad, in England in the 1950s, life during the school holidays seemed to largely revolve around American Western shows on the television,” Rupert Cornwell remembered.

68 Once they saw magazine photos of the exotically named star, Britons noticed that Presley had great film star looks and a flamboyant style of dress; wearing brightly colored shirts and suits, not the traditional dark suits and white shirts worn by most performers. Movie newsreels of Elvis revealed a wild stage show that INFLUENCE OF THE UNITED STATES ON BRITAIN, 1945–1963 21 included the overtly sexual swiveling of his hips. 69 As an added attraction, the older generation and the middle classes despised Elvis.

The trousers were narrow; shirts could be coloured as well as white and cuffs and handkerchiefs were prominently shown. The new shoes were finely pointed on the Italian model and in London called Pickers or Pointers. The look was topped off with Italian- and French-style short crew-cut haircuts without oil or grease. Mods also adopted Italian Vespa and Lambretta motor scooters to add to the European look. “What was novel was that English working-class youths had now discovered Europe and were ready, indeed eager, to know what was being worn by young people on the Continent,” T.

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