Black Camelot by William L. Van Deburg
African-American Culture Heroes in Their Times, 1960-1980

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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 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 African-American community.

"Van Deburg manages the enviable feat of writing with flair within a standardized academic framework, covering politics, social issues and entertainment with equal aplomb."—Jonathan Pearl, Jazz Times

"[A] fascinating, thorough account of how African-American icons of the 1960s and '70s have changed the course of American history. . . . An in-depth, even-tempered analysis. . . . Van Deburg's witty, lively and always grounded style entertains while it instructs."—Publishers Weekly
 

About William L. Van Deburg

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William L. Van Deburg is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His previous books include New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and American Culture, 1965-1975, and Slavery and Race in American Popular Culture.
 
Published November 24, 1997 by University Of Chicago Press. 310 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Travel. Non-fiction

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To Van Deburg, the Black Power movement was not solely a political phenomenon that yielded minuscule gains for African Americans.

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In this fascinating, thorough account of how African-American icons of the 1960s and '70s have changed the course of American history, University of Wisconsin Afro-American studies professor Van Deburg (New Day in Babylon) does the near-impossible.

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