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A Brief History of Memphis

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No other southern city has a history quite like Memphis. First purchased in the early 1800s from natives to serve as a vital port for the emerging American river trade, the city flourished until the tumultuous years of the Civil War brought chaos and uncertainty. Yet the city survived. Through the triumphs and tragedies of the civil rights movement and beyond, Memphis endu ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by The History Press
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Andy Mcclung
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a quick and easy read which covers many years without very much depth, but it's not meant to go deep. While Dowdy is hardly an impartial observer, his opinions are kept to a minimum. I was pleased to find this work, for it seems that books about the general history of Memphis are about as rare as mountains in West Tennessee.
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Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
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This is by no means the definitive history of Memphis, but rather a brief overview (as the title suggests) of the history which has shaped the Bluff City without offering too much personal commentary.
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G. Wayne Dowdy is the agency manager of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center's history department and Memphis and Shelby County Room. He holds a Master's Degree in history from the University of Arkansas, is a certified archives manager and is a member of the Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board. He is the author of Mayor Crump don't like it: Machine Politics in Memphis; Hidden ...more