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Further Reading

. Eyes On The Prize.January 10, 1999.

PBS. Box set: 7 VHS tapes, 6 hours. Students should explore major civil rights events prior to this lesson. The teacher might consider showing parts of this PBS series to compliment unit material. The documentary is a history of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Eye-witness accounts and archival footage recall Emmett Till's murder, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the March on Washington among others.

Brash, Sarah and Loretta Britten. Rock + Roll Generation: Teen Life in the 1950s.. Alexandria: Time-Life Books, 1998.

This Time-Life book provides an enjoyable glimpse into the 1950s teen lifestyle and includes captivating photographs.

Brown, Ashely,, ed.. The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated History of Popular Music.. New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 1989.

This is a publication of comprehensive focus on artists who defined the early rock and roll era.

Kashatus III, William C. "Sparking A Rock ā€˜Nā€™ Roll Revolution; An Interview With Dick Clark." Pennsylvania Heritage 24:3 (Summer, 1998).

This article, found in the quarterly-published Pennsylvania Heritage, yields a unique exposure of Clark's reflections on his career, Philadelphia's role in integration, and the legacy of American Bandstand.

Levy, Peter B. The Civil Rights Movement.. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Levy, an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Political Science at York College of Pennsylvania and a prolific author, delivers an excellent research tool that covers the political and human side to the Civil Rights Movement.

Miller, Douglas T and Marion Nowak. The Fifties: The Way We Really Were. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,, 1975.

Authors expose the myth of 1950s nostalgia in this lengthy work.

Pendergast, Tom and Sara Pendergast, ed.. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000.

The reader will find an alphabetical listing of biographies for popular culture personalities, events, and trends

Reed, Linda. "The Brown decision: its long anticipation and lasting influence." Journal of Southern History 70:2 (5/2004): 337.

This excellent article includes in-depth details on the Brown case and fitting commentary on American Bandstand's impact on 1950s race relations.

Robertson, Campbell. "Say What You Want, The Man Can Still Dance." The New York Times (7/8/2004): B2 col 3.

This article reveals Chubby Checker's reflections on his impact in the rock and roll industry; interesting opinions are also presented regarding his legacy.

Young, William H. and Nancy K. Young. American Popular Culture Through History: The 1950s.. Westport: Greenwood Press,

This book includes both fun and serious influences on popular culture in the 1950s.

Web Sites

Lyric Style

This website provides quick alphabetical research of your favorite songs or artists. The site also contains a standard keyword search feature and links to other lyric websites.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The site provides a visual, interactive timeline of rock and pop music history. Inductees as well as museum exhibitions and programs are also included.

The History of Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll

This website contains numerous links to topics that explore the roots of rock and roll with emphasis on African-American influences and "The Golden Decade 1954-1963."

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