America in the British Imagination: 1945 to the Present by John F. Lyons (auth.) PDF
By John F. Lyons (auth.)
How used to be American tradition disseminated into Britain? Why did many British voters include American customs? And what photo did they kind of American society and politics? This enticing and wide-ranging background 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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The stage, spanned by a huge decorous arch, was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ that supplied musical interludes. Once the red satin curtain drew back and the lights went down, a beam of light from the projection room at the back of the theater cut through the cigarette smoke of a crowded cinema and opened onto a huge screen at the front. 80 Britons did not just watch American movie stars on the silver screen, they also imitated their make-up, clothes and hair. Women avidly read magazines to keep up with the latest fashions of the Hollywood stars.
Football, cricket and rugby remained the major participatory and spectator sports in Britain, not American football, baseball, or basketball. Radio, which was the most popular form of entertainment for all families for most of the 1950s, was dominated by British shows and personalities. Domestically produced television programs always enjoyed higher ratings than most US imports. Although Hollywood stars were admired and emulated in 1950s’ Britain, so too were British movie actors. 111 The leisure time of British people was still built around many traditional pastimes unaffected by American inﬂuence.
Conservatives in the constituency of Beckenham protested against the adoption of a prospective parliamentary candidate on the grounds that he was American born. 15 Conservative resentment toward the United States did not start in the twentieth century but dated back to the colonial period. Visitors to the American colonies found the people uncultured and vulgar. While the upper-class travelers eschewed active money making as beneath them, and reveled in the trappings of birth and title, Americans demonstrated an enthusiasm for business, which Britons condemned as materialism.
America in the British Imagination: 1945 to the Present by John F. Lyons (auth.)