What Are Examples of American Culture?

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Some examples of American culture include Hollywood cinema and television, rock music and southern-style cuisine. Due to the country’s diverse ethnic heritage, American culture takes influences from nearly every part of the world.

The United States is the largest producer of movies and television programs, many of which are shown all over the world. American broadcast television came into prominence in the 1950s, and the industry has grown tremendously since that time, producing hundreds of shows each year. American films are also prominent worldwide, and the American film industry grosses more money each year than any other country’s film industry. Directors such as Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick and Francis Ford Coppola have created some of the most notable works of American cinema, according to Wikipedia.

Rock music is another distinctly American creation that first developed in the 1950s. Rock music initially took influence from other forms of American music, including blues, gospel and country. It transitioned from more traditional artists such as Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly in the 1950s to innovators such as Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds and The Beach Boys in the 1960s.

American cuisine includes a variety of distinctly regional styles. Southern food is often referred to as comfort food and includes dishes such as fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, black-eyed peas and cornbread, according to LiveScience.