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Use your own knowledge to explain why the different views in Source G were expressed.

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Q.4. Use your own knowledge to explain why the different views in Source G were expressed The three different people speaking out against Elvis Presley in Source G all have the same negative view of Elvis and the impact he was having, but have these views for different reasons and also have different reasons for expressing them publicly. Emmanuel Celler, who was an American Republican politician, is disapproving of Elvis Presley and is basically saying that Elvis is in bad taste and his uncivilised, immoral behaviour is only suitable for coloured people - though he is not directly racist, he implies strongly that black people are primitive compared to white people. He is expressing a conservative, adult, white view, because he would have been appealing to mature white people, in an effort to gain more votes from this group and ultimately get elected. ...read more.

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agreed to treat all passengers on a first-come basis. In November 1956 the Supreme Court in America eventually ruled segregation on buses illegal and black Americans were able to celebrate this one victory over segregation. A group that extremely strongly advocated segregation was the Ku Klux Klan, founded as a terrorist organisation based on racist ideas immediately after the Civil War, determined to prevent newly freed black slaves from gaining equal rights. Member wore white masks and cloaks and used violence and terror to intimidate black Americans, or whites who supported the idea of blacks having equal rights. By 1925 the Klan had five million members including police officers, judges and politicians, and was a powerful influence in several states. Despite the extreme nature of the Klan's ideals, these ideas were supported and held by a lot of the white public, especially in the southern states. ...read more.

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In the 1950s religious organisations were starting to employ the same advertising and marketing methods as businesses used to successfully. Advertising boarding and TV commercials carried messages such as "a family that prays together stays together". Evangelists (religious preachers who tried to make other believe in God) purchased time on TV and radio to broadcast powerful sermons. Billy Graham was an evangelist who was friends with several presidents and conducted many huge crusades, who along with others provided a moral way of thinking about the affluent American way of life. Billy Graham is opposed to Elvis because as a Christian evangelical preacher, he believed in keeping families together ("families that pray together stay together" according to the religious slogan), and in parents having authority over their children. He would have felt that these values were being threatened by Elvis's influence over teenagers as Elvis' style encouraged them to develop their own tastes and rebel against authority and what is expected of them. Alistair Divorty ...read more.

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