1950's History Assessment Task

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1950’s HISTORY Assessment task

Bill (host): Good morning people of Newton, its Bill here. I am speaking to James and he’s a 1950’s baby and today we are here to talk to him and ask questions about what it was like growing up in the 1950’s. James thanks for your time. James: Thank you Bill, glad to be here.

Bill (host): Did the British or the American culture influenced Australia in any way? James: The American culture made a huge influence on Australia such as entertainment, clothing and technological items for more leisure time. Australia had the desire to copy the American style and culture and this changed the men and woman in the 1950’s. Rock n Roll was a major music genre in America then arrived in Australia in 1956. Bill Haley and the Comets and Elvis Presley were very successful artist and were listened by teenagers and adults. Although Rock n Roll was a big hit, it horrified many parents who identified it. They thought that it would make a bad influence to the teenagers because they feared that the rowdiness of the new style of music would change the social morals of the young. Bill (host): Fashion was very popular back in the days; could you tell us how men and women dressed? James: For both men and women, Rock n Roll influence the type of clothing that they would wear. The Hippie culture also influenced them to wearing bright colours. For women and young ladies, wearing a dress was the trend. Wearing bright colours such as blue, red, green and yellow to assist them in dancing to the music. Not only just bright colours Bill but also printed patterns like floral, harlequin, stripes and polka dots. High waisted skirts and pants to show off the waist and bust. They kept the shoes quite simple by just wearing black, closed and a low-cut shoe with one or more straps across the foot. Most of them would have short to medium hair in length. Men’s clothing was very simple unlike the woman. Dark colours double breasted suit, plain white shirts, leather lace...
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