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Bio & CV

January 20, 2012

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Dr. Matthew Delmont has lectured widely on topics including African-American history, mixed race identity, the Obama presidency, hip hop, oral history, and social media, as well as the histories of the subjects that are at the heart of The Nicest Kids in Town, civil rights, television, rock ‘n’ roll, urban history, youth culture, and historical memory. For […]

Book Info

January 18, 2012

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American Bandstand, one of the most popular television shows ever, broadcast from Philadelphia in the late fifties, 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 […]


January 17, 2012

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I became a Professor because I love teaching. As a teacher, I want my students to see the study of history as an ongoing endeavor in which they play an important part.  I create hands-on courses that provide spaces for students to develop their own ideas and opinions through primary source research, critical thinking, reading, […]

Digital Project

January 15, 2012

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Learn more about the book by checking out the The Nicest Kids in Town digital project.  As you navigate this site, you will be able to view over 100 images and video clips related to my book project, including American Bandstand memorabilia, newspaper clippings regarding protests of American Bandstand, photographs from high school yearbooks, and video clips from American […]

Current Project: TV & Busing

January 14, 2012

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My current research focuses on television coverage of busing for school desegregation from the late-1960s through the 1980s. While busing for school desegregation was one of the major political, educational, and civil rights stories of the past 40 years, previous studies focus primarily on the implementation dates and duration of busing orders in various cities, […]

In the Media

January 13, 2012

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Matt Delmont,“Clark Aided Blacks on Bandstand? Not Always,” Washington Post & The Root (4/22/2012)   Democracy Now! interview with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (3/2/2012). See video below. Click here for interview transcript.   “Left of Black” interview with Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University (5/14/2012). See video below.   CNN Headline News Local Edition […]


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