Deliberate Speed / Edition 1

Deliberate Speed / Edition 1

by W. T. Jr. Lhamon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674008731

ISBN-13: 9780674008731

Pub. Date: 05/31/2002

Publisher: Harvard University Press

W. T. Lhamon 's Deliberate Speed is a cultural history of the 1950s in the United States that directly confronts the typical view of this decade as an arid wasteland. By surveying the artistic terrain of the period--examining works by figures as varied as Miles Davis, Ralph Ellison, Robert Frank, Allen Ginsberg, Little Richard, Charlie Parker, Jackson

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W. T. Lhamon 's Deliberate Speed is a cultural history of the 1950s in the United States that directly confronts the typical view of this decade as an arid wasteland. By surveying the artistic terrain of the period--examining works by figures as varied as Miles Davis, Ralph Ellison, Robert Frank, Allen Ginsberg, Little Richard, Charlie Parker, Jackson Pollock, Thomas Pynchon, and Ludwig Wittgenstein--Lhamon demonstrates how many of the distinctive elements that so many attribute to the revolutionary period of the 1960s had their roots in the fertile soil of the 1950s.

Taking his title from Chief Justice Earl Warren's desegregation decree of 1955, Lhamon shows how this phrase, "deliberate speed," resonates throughout the culture of the entire decade. The 1950s was a period of transition--a time when the United States began its shift from an industrial society to a postindustrial society, and the era when the first barriers between African-American culture and white culture began to come down.

Deliberate Speed is the story of a nation and a culture making the rapid transition to the increasingly complex world that we inhabit today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674008731
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2002
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
0.69(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Preface, 2002: Starting Overxi
Prefacexxxv
1Material Differences1
2Deliberate Speed31
3Out of the Hole67
4Congeniality98
5They All Juggled Milk Bottles136
6"Keep Cool, But Care"193
Endnotes253
Works Cited265
Index275

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