Synopses & Reviews
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.
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 Also included are the previously unpublished private papers and correspondence of former mayor E.H. Crump, giving us new insight and a front-row seat to the machine that shaped Tennessee politics in the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.