Popular Culture in America and Britain

A picture of youth celebrating with text in the lower left corner reading, "Human Victory"

Through a number of videos, manuscripts, photographs and ephemera, a new resource, Popular Culture in Britain and America 1950-1975, gives us a tour of the counterculture of Britain and America. Adam Matthew Digital with help from The Browne Popular Culture Library, The Bancroft Library, The University of Sussex Library, The National Archives, the Music Dayz Archive, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and The University of Warwick Modern Records Centre brings together a number of primary sources documenting the dramatic change in music, politics, fashion, and youth culture that took place between 1950 and 1975.  One can watch videos from the race riots in Georgia, read eye witness accounts of the Kent State shootings, look through photographs of David Bowie’s outfits and women who passed out upon seeing The Beatles or use their dictionary to learn what Teddy Boys, Ton-up kids, and Dolly Birds are. 

A great compliment to this database is The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960 – 1974.  Perhaps a bit more focused and concise, this resource from Alexander Street Press collects diaries, letters, autobiographies, written and oral histories, manifestos, memorabilia, and government documents bringing insight to a number of issues that helped shaped America.  Both these databases document through popular culture an important time of change in the history of America and its youth.

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