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Hidden History of Memphis (Hidden Histories)

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Publisher Comments:

Divided into two parts, the book examines the history and culture of the Bluff City during some of its most important decades. Well-known figures such as Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips, Clarence Saunders and E. H. Crump make appearances in this volume but it is less familiar subjects that make up the bulk of the book. For example, the book pays particular attention to forgotten people and events such as the Memphis gangster who inspired William Faulkner to write one of his most famous novels, the Boy Scout who captured German spies during World War I, the journalist who secured in 1945 the first interview with President Harry Truman, and the Memphis radio station that pioneered the use of remote broadcasts to cover important news events. In addition, the Hidden History of Memphis also discusses many of the primary and secondary sources that are available to those wanting to further chronicle the history of the Bluff City.

Book News Annotation:

Dowdy, an archivist for the Memphis Public Library, shares what he has found in manuscript collections, archival newspapers, and historic maps and photos about the lesser-known history and culture of Memphis. He examines the city's history in its most important decades, and well-known figures like Elvis Presley, Sam Philips, Clarence Saunders, and W.C. Handy, along with lesser-known institutions and individuals like Popeye Pumphrey, a gangster who inspired William Faulkner's Sanctuary; the Boy Scout who captured German spies during World War I; Tony Vaccaro, the journalist who secured the first interview with the newly inaugurated President Truman; and the radio station that pioneered the use of remote broadcasts. He then discusses some of the primary and secondary sources available at the library, including papers of E.H. Crump, Roane Waring, Mayor Walter Chandler, Mayor Frank Tobey, and the 1940 and 1944 presidential elections. No index is provided. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596298750
Author:
Dowdy, G. Wayne
Publisher:
History Press (SC)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Memphis (Tenn.) - History - 20th century
Subject:
World History-General
Series:
Hidden Histories
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
127
Dimensions:
8.80x6.00x.40 in. .45 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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