Nicest Kids in Town American Bandstand, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia

ISBN-10: 0520272080
ISBN-13: 9780520272088
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/9/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166

American Bandstand,one of the most popular television shows ever, broadcast from Philadelphia in the late fifties, a time when that city had become a battleground for civil rights. Counter to host Dick Clark's claims that he integratedAmerican Bandstand,this book reveals how the first national television program directed at teens discriminated against black youth during its early years and how black teens and civil rights advocates protested this discrimination. Matthew F. Delmont brings together major themes in American history--civil rights, rock and roll, television, and the emergence of a youth culture--as he tells how white families aroundAmerican Bandstand'sstudio mobilized to maintain all-white neighborhoods and how local school officials reinforced segregation long after Brown vs. Board of Education.The Nicest Kids in Townpowerfully illustrates how national issues and history have their roots in local situations, and how nostalgic representations of the past, like the musical filmHairspray,based on theAmerican Bandstandera, can work as impediments to progress in the present.

Matthew F. Delmontis Assistant Professor of American Studies at Scripps College.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Making Philadelphia Safe for "WFIL-adelphia"
Television, Housing, and Defensive Localism in Bandstand's Backyard
They Shall Be Heard
Local Television as a Civil Rights Battleground
The de Facto Dilemma
Fighting Segregation in Philadelphia Public Schools
From Little Rock to Philadelphia
Making de Facto School Segregation a Media Issue
The Rise of Rock and Roll in Philadelphia
Georgie Woods, Mitch Thomas, Dick Clark
"They'll Be Rockin' on Bandstand, in Philadelphia, P.A."
Imagining National Youth Culture on American Bandstand
Remembering American Bandstand, Forgetting Segregation
Still Boppin' on Bandstand
American Dreams, Hairspray, and American Bandstand in the 2000s
Conclusion
Everybody Knows about American Bandstand
Notes
Index

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