What was life like for working class people in London in 1965?  

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England in 1965 had fairly sharp class divisions. This meant that there were barriers to social and career acceptance for people who had the "wrong" accent, clothing, or personal style. Then , as to some degree still, a degree from one of the "public" schools (that would be "private schools in US terms) such as Eton or Harrow and the "old" universities (Oxford, Cambridge) gave an almost automatic entree into the upper echelons of cultural and economic opportunity, but an education in a local comprehensive was a route to low-paid low-prestige work. This discontent with the class system led to a literary movement called "the Angry Young Men" (and an associated poetic movement known as "The Movement") in which writers from a primarily working or lower middle class background expressed frustration with the Establishment.

It was also a period of a major flowering of British popular culture, especially in fashion and rock music, combined with a sense of the decline of British Empire as the US became the world's "hyper-power". Increased immigration from former British colonies resulted in racial tensions and riots.


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