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

Matthew F. Delmont

Abstract

American Bandstand, one of the most popular television shows ever, broadcast from Philadelphia in the late 1950s, a time when that city had become a battleground for civil rights. Counter to host Dick Clark's claims that he integrated American Bandstand, this book reveals how the first national television program directed at teens discriminated against black youth during its early years and how black teenagers and civil rights advocates protested this discrimination. This book brings together major themes in American history—civil rights, rock and roll, television, and the emergence of a youth ... More

Keywords: discrimination, American Bandstand, television, black youth, black teenagers, civil rights, rock and roll, youth culture, segregation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520272071
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520272071.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew F. Delmont, author
Scripps College