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Hidden History of Memphis
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 charac ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published December 19th 2010 by History Press (SC)
(first published February 19th 2010)
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A series of short historical narratives combine to make this a quick an fascinating read, particularly for a lifelong Memphian like myself. Check out Mr Dowdy's other excellent scholarship on the Crump machine that ran Memphis politics for nearly half a century.
Just okay. Enjoyed the chapters on the Boy Scout who helped catch a German spy during WWII and the building of the public library, but there wasn't much about music and important historic buildings. Most of the book was related to Crump's years as mayor and political machine.
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
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