Cloth $32.00 ISBN: 9780226847160 Published November 1997
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226847177 Published October 1999
E-book $7.00 to $26.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226847184 Published April 2008

Black Camelot

African-American Culture Heroes in Their Times, 1960-1980

William L. Van Deburg

Black Camelot
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William L. Van Deburg

310 pages | 30 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1997
Cloth $32.00 ISBN: 9780226847160 Published November 1997
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226847177 Published October 1999
E-book $7.00 to $26.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226847184 Published April 2008
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
Contents
Preface
Introduction- Of Kings, Kennedys, and Culture Heroes
1. The Black Hero's History and Humanity
2. Championing the 1960s Cultural Revolution
3. Sports Superstars
4. Heroic Hustlers and Daring Detectives
5. Black Musical Mediators as Culture Heroes
Conclusion- Black Camelot Found and Lost
Notes
Index
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