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The Giant is Awakened

Steven L. Isoardi

in The Dark Tree

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245914
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932241 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245914.003.0004
The Giant is Awakened

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This chapter examines the 1965 Watts uprising in Los Angeles, California and the cultural resurgence of the African American community. It explains that the Watts uprising was part of a national phenomenon between 1964 and 1968 and it far exceeded the boundaries of that community, ultimately consuming much of South Central Los Angeles. It also discusses how Watts served as the hub of a grassroots arts movement that spread throughout the African American community, in many ways exemplifying ideas about the role of art and artists in the community that had been germinating in the Underground Musicians Association (UGMA).

Keywords: Watts uprising; cultural resurgence; Los Angeles; African American community; artists

Chapter.  11604 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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