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Hidden History of Memphis

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ISBN-10: 1596298758

ISBN-13: 9781596298750

Edition: 2010

Authors: G. Wayne Dowdy

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Step inside the fascinating annals of the Bluff City's history and discover the Memphis that only few know. G. Wayne Dowdy, longtime archivist for the Memphis Public Library, examines the history and culture of the Mid-South during its most important decades. Well-known faces like Clarence Saunders, Elvis Presley and W.C. Handy are joined by some of the more obscure characters from the past, like the Memphis gangster who inspired one of William Faulkner's most famous novels, the local Boy Scout who captured German spies during World War I, the Memphis radio station that pioneered wireless broadcasting and so many more. Also included are the previously unpublished private papers and correspondence of former mayor E.H. Crump, giving us new insight and a front-row seat to the machine that shaped Tennessee politics in the twentieth century. Book jacket.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Publication date: 12/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Rosemary Enright holds a BA and an MA in English (Rosary Hill College, 1962; New York University, 1963) and has completed extensive graduate work in American civilization at New York University. Her professional careers include editorial work, teaching English at New York Institute of Technology, freelance writing, and work as a process engineer and computer systems requirement analyst for Northrop Grumman Corporation. She has been president of the Jamestown Historical Society board since 2005 and previously served as vice-president, a director, and editor of the biennial newsletter. She writes a monthly column for the Jamestown Press on historical society activities.G.Wayne Dowdy is the Memphis and Shelby County Room archivist for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center's history and social sciences department. He holds a master's degree in history from the University of Arkansas and is a certified archives manager. He is the author of Mayor Crump Don't Like It: Machine Politics in Memphis, and his work has appeared in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Tennessee Historical Quarterly and The Jim Crow Encyclopedia.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
History and Culture
Memphis in the Twentieth Century
"The Beethoven of Beale Street": The Relationship between
Scouting for Memphians
"A Natural Robust Kid": The Criminal Career of
Memphis and the Development of Radio Broadcasting
"A Date for Saturday Night": Television Comes to
Great Information Getters: Memphis Journalists
"A People United": The Bluff City during World War.II
A Commitment to Innovation: Public Libraries in Memphis
Primary and Secondary Sources
"For Public Inspection at Any Time": The Papers of
"We Engaged in a Hard Campaign": Primary Sources Related to the 1940 and 1944 Presidential Elections in Shelby County, Tennessee
"My Lieutenants Are Your Lieutenants": The Correspondence of
"Unquestioned Patriotism": The Life and Papers of
The Watkins Overton Papers
"A Loyal and Patriotic Citizenry": The Papers of Mayor
The Papers of Memphis Mayor Frank Tobey
Review of Gateway to Justice: The Juvenile Court and Progressive Child Welfare in a Southern City
Review of Historic Photos of Memphis
Bibliography
About the Author