sept 8 notes- American Cultural History: The Making of American Popular Culture

Culture is a process not a fixed position it is the

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performances have been replaced from that of a rock concert to that of a library. * “Culture is a process, not a fixed position; it is the product of unremitting interaction between the past and present. Thus Shakespeare's relationship to the American people is always in flux.” * But in the late 20 th and early 21 st century, we have seen a slight shift in this belief. Movies such as Romeo and Juliet and Ten Things I Hate About You have brought Shakespeare back towards popular culture. There was a reversal in theater concepts, films can now become plays and musicals, and vice versa.
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Rosenzweig and the Rise of the Saloon * Social construction of a leisure place * Social construction of leisure time For example, the rise of the temperance movement brought a closure to “drinking on the job” by eliminating this common practice. The “ten hour movement” in the 1800s reduced the work day to 10 hours, and a leisure time was created. Thus bars and saloons were created as a source of entertainment and leisure for employees. We see in this article a struggle between workers who want to drink and bosses who believe that work should be alcohol free. The idea of the weekend gives workers something to look forward to. With this creation of these places for leisure, we interact with popular culture through what is on TV and what is playing on the radio. Popular culture is now the means through which you have fun.
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