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 include American customs? And what photograph did they type of American society and politics? This attractive and wide-ranging heritage explores those and different questions on the U.S.'s cultural and political impression on British society within the post-World struggle II period.

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116 The United States was not the only foreign country to influence the customs and leisure pursuits of the British. Britain had a long history of immigration from Europe; in the postwar years a new influx of immigrants from Europe arrived in Britain. In 1951, 160,000 people in England and Wales were born in Poland and INFLUENCE OF THE UNITED STATES ON BRITAIN, 1945–1963 31 33,000 in Italy. There were about 430,000 Jews in Britain, many fleeing continental Europe. In 1951, 627,000 people in England and Wales were born in Ireland and over the next ten year another 400,000 emigrated from the Irish Republic.

What does the world yet owe to American physicians or surgeons? What new substances have their chemists discovered? or what old ones have they analyzed? —what have they done in the mathematics? Who drinks out of American glasses? or eats from American plates? or wears American coats or gowns? 16 THE UNITED STATES IN BRITISH IMAGINATION, 1945–1963 39 As the United States celebrated its centenary in 1876, it had become a great industrial power but conservatives remained concerned by the cultural backwardness of Americans.

On top of this, members of the audience caused disturbances at the showing of Blackboard Jungle in 1956, gaining sensational press coverage. 67 Bill Haley may have blazed the trail but Elvis Presley captured the imagination of the British public like no other rock ‘n’ roll artist. Presley, born in East Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935, moved with his poverty-stricken family to Memphis, Tennessee, when he was 13 years old. At the crossroads of American music, Elvis absorbed the sounds of gospel music in the Church and country and western and rhythm and blues music on the radio and in the local clubs.

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