Black Camelot: African-American Culture Heroes in Their Times, 1960-1980 / Edition 1

Black Camelot: African-American Culture Heroes in Their Times, 1960-1980 / Edition 1

by William L. Van Deburg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226847179

ISBN-13: 9780226847177

Pub. Date: 10/01/1999

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In the wake of the Kennedy era, a new kind of ethnic hero emerged within African-American popular culture. Uniquely suited to the times, burgeoning pop icons, such as Muhammad Ali, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Pam Grier, projected the values and beliefs of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and reflected both the possibility and the actuality of a…  See more details below

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In the wake of the Kennedy era, a new kind of ethnic hero emerged within African-American popular culture. Uniquely suited to the times, burgeoning pop icons, such as Muhammad Ali, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Pam Grier, projected the values and beliefs of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and reflected both the possibility and the actuality of a rapidly changing American landscape. In Black Camelot, William Van Deburg examines the dynamic rise of these new black champions, the social and historical contexts in which they flourished, and their powerful impact on the American scene. By the 1970s, whenever the average American watched a soul singer perform, took in a black cast film, or urged their favorite professional sports team on to victory, he or she was compelled to admire and identify with heroes who happened to be Afro-Americans. In all, this African-American heroic epitomized a grand and empowering vision - a multiracial society in which an individual's intrinsic human worth could be universally recognized and respected together with his or her unique ethnic identity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226847177
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Of Kings, Kennedys, and Culture Heroes1
Ch. 1The Black Hero's History and Humanity23
Ch. 2Championing the 1960s Cultural Revolution62
Ch. 3Sports Superstars84
Ch. 4Heroic Hustlers and Daring Detectives127
Ch. 5Black Musical Mediators as Culture Heroes197
Conclusion: Black Camelot Found and Lost243
Notes249
Index293

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