Black Mountain: An Exploration in CommunityMartin Duberman
This is the first complete story of Black Mountain College, perhaps the most important community of artists and intellectuals in American history. During its twenty-three-year existence (1933-1956) in the foothills of North Carolina, this experimental community attracted such well-known figures as John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Charles Olson, Josef Albers, Paul Goodman, and Robert Rauschenberg – people whose profound impact on American culture is still being felt.
Black Mountain was more than a nurturing ground for some of the major talents of our time. It was also a forerunner of the innovative educational and social communities of more recent times – including the experimental communes of the counter culture. As such, Black Mountain may well prove to be a crucial turning point in American history.