Nicest Kids in Town American Bandstand, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/22/2012
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Matthew F. Delmontis Assistant Professor of American Studies at Scripps College.
|List of Illustrations|
|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|
|Everybody Knows about American Bandstand|