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The Nicest Kids in Town

Matt Delmont, Author

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Explore the History of Segregation on Dick Clark's American Bandstand

The Nicest Kids in Town examines the early history of American Bandstand, one of the most popular and influential shows in the history of television. Counter to Dick Clark’s claim that he integrated American Bandstand in 1957, my research offers new evidence regarding how American Bandstand became racially segregated and continued to discriminate against black teenagers during its years in Philadelphia, 1952-1964.

This digital project is a companion to a book from University of California Press, American Crossroads series (February 2012). You can buy the book at

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 Bandstand.
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