"Excellent. . . . Offers a valuable understanding of the . . . melding of African Americans into the national youth culture."--"Choice"
"Well-researched, tightly-written. . . . Impressively bright, clear, and comprehensive."--"History News Network"
"The study illustrates how . . . nostalgic representations of the past . . . can work as impediments to progress in the present."--"Cbq Communication Booknotes Qtly"
"The Nicest Kids in Town counters the (false) mythology of American Bandstand with valuable descriptions of 'forgotten' cultural productions."--Gayle Wald, George Washington University"Jrnl Of The Society For American Music (Jsam)" (11/01/2012)
The Nicest Kids in Town counters the (false) mythology of American Bandstand with valuable descriptions of forgotten cultural productions. --Gayle Wald, George Washington University"Jrnl Of The Society For American Music (Jsam)" (11/01/2012)"
From the Inside Flap
The Nicest Kids in Town speaks simultaneously to several significant current lines of inquiry among historians of the United States after World War II. Delmont takes on issues that we thought we already knew completelythe social and cultural history of the 1950s and 60s, the Civil Rights movement, the birth of televisionbut he brings original material to his story and connects these issues in new ways. Delmont’s work proves him to be a talented, careful, and thorough scholar, and in a large body of work on these topics, his book stands alone.”Jay Mechling, author of On My Honor: Boy Scouts and the Making of American Youth.