Sophomore Seminar: Dancing in the Streets
Instructions for the Book Review Project on
Race, Rock and Elvis by Michael T. Bertrand
Due Wednesday, November 18
This is a challenging project, but, if you follow the rubric addressed below, you will accomplish the objectives of the assignment.
Instructions: Bertrand is interested in the role of popular culture in changing Southern racial attitudes and race relations.Â His book is an attempt to explain what happened when Jim Crow â€œmetâ€Â rock and roll. Before you start this assignment, you should review the civil rights timeline. Then, consider the following questions and themes as you begin to read and write. Your paper must address the questions below. Do NOT, however, structure your critical review as a list of answers to these questions. This is an essay, based on careful reading and analysis of a difficult book. Your paper needs:
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ---an introduction that states the authorâ€™sÂ analytical thesis
---an integrated body of subsequent paragraphs that deal with each of the following questions (make sure to refer to and support your statement about the thesis, and cite specific examples from the book to support your assertions
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ---a concluding paragraph
- In your introduction, state what you think is Bertrandâ€™sÂ analytical thesis?Â What is saying about the historical significance of popular music and popular culture and what is he saying about the underappreciated role that the consumers of rock and roll played in actively shaping racial attitudes at the beginning of the civil rights movement? (You canâ€™t answer this question until youâ€™ve read the whole book and reflected on it.)Â 3 points
- What does he say about the role of Southern white working class youth in embracing black music and black culture?Â How did these young people challenge prevailing racial norms?Â Bertrand argues that Southern white youth served as â€œvanguards of the civil rights movement.â€ÂÂ Why does he argue this?Â What examples and evidence does Bertrand use to establish the enormous popularity of black music among white teenagers during this era?Â Â 3 points
- How does he explain the backlash that this musicâ€™s popularity generated in the white political and cultural establishment?Â What does he say about the racism and fears of miscegenation that this music provoked among the white establishment?Â Â Relate your analysis to the contradictions posed by the growing popularity of Elvis among the younger generation of whites during the early years of the civil rights movement and the disgust many Southerners felt about Elvis Presleyâ€™s popularity and the association of this kind of music with black culture.
- In your conclusion, relate Bertrandâ€™s thesis and findings about the impact of Elvis on Southern youth to his impact on race relations throughout the US.Â Based on your own knowledge, readings and the interviews we conducted at the beginning of the semester, develop your own thesis on the connection between this music and changing race relations in the US as a whole.Â 3 points
- This project must be word-processed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins and 12 point font,Â five page minimumÂ length. Make sure to place your name, date, and the course name in the right hand corner.Â The paper must a have title.Â All pages must be stapled in the upper left hand corner. Make sure you proofread and spell-check your paper, underline or italicize book titles, and use correct grammar.Â 3 points
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