From Boss Crump to King Willie

How Race Changed Memphis Politics

Author: Otis Sanford

Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press

ISBN: 9781621904175

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 276

View: 3962


"From Boss Crump to King Willie offers an in-depth look at the vital role that race played in the political evolution of Memphis, from the rise of longtime political boss Edward Hull Crump to the election of Dr. Willie Herenton as the city{u2019}s first black mayor. Filled with vivid details on the workings of municipal politics, this accessible account by veteran journalist Otis Sanford explores the nearly century-long struggle by African Americans in Memphis to secure recognition from local leaders and gain a viable voice in the city{u2019}s affairs"--Amazon.

A Wicked Wicket

Author: S. Terry Canale

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781973972693


Page: 286

View: 5040


The beautiful young Simone Amstutz certainly catches orthopedic surgeon Terry Canale's eye when she waltzes into his social club. She is in the middle of a messy divorce from her powerful husband, and Canale can't say he's upset that she's suddenly become available. After a pleasant chat at the bar, the two go their separate ways. Canale goes back to his normal life, and Simone tragically ends up in the club's swimming pool-dead. A croquet wicket and a ball found in the pool with Simone's body point to a deadly game of croquet. When a mallet shows up in Canale's locker at the club, their innocent chat at the bar gets a closer look by police. Canale knows that he's a suspect, but he also knows that he isn't the only one. Simone not only angered her attorney husband but was having an affair with a mystery lover. Between the husband, the lover, and Simone's best friend, the enchanting Monique, there is no shortage of loved ones in Simone's life who may have wanted her dead. To clear his name, Canale unwittingly enters a twisted game a lot more dangerous than croquet.

Water Tossing Boulders

How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South

Author: Adrienne Berard

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 080708316X

Category: Chinese Americans

Page: 208

View: 5393


"On September 15, 1924, Martha Lum and her older sister Berda were barred from attending middle school in Rosedale, Mississippi. The girls were Chinese American and considered by the school to be "colored"; the school was for whites. This event would lead to the first US Supreme Court case to challenge the constitutionality of racial segregation in Southern public schools, an astonishing thirty years before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. By confronting the "separate but equal" doctrine, the Lum family fought for the right to educate Chinese Americans in the white schools of the Jim Crow South. Using their groundbreaking lawsuit as a compass, Berard depicts the complicated condition of racial otherness in rural Southern society. Water Tossing Boulders evokes a time and place previously defined by black and white, a time and place that, until now, has never been viewed through the eyes of a forgotten third race. In vivid prose, the Mississippi Delta, an empire of cotton and a bastion of slavery, is reimagined to reveal the experiences of a lost immigrant community. Through extensive research in historical documents and family correspondence, Berard illuminates a vital, forgotten chapter of America's past and uncovers the powerful journey of an oppressed people in their struggle for equality."--Publisher's website.

Mr. Tell Me Anything

Author: Sherra Robinson

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781505892758


Page: 232

View: 8405


Falling in love with the same "man of her dreams" over and over again was not a difficult task for Sharon Roberson. She had cherished Mr. Tell Me Anything so long that her fragile heart didn't even know how not to love him. After six years the couple settles into a troubled marriage. Despite the inherited challenges of parenting, and relating to their obvious differences, they continue on. With the constant chaos surrounding women, new acquaintances, family, and greed, their efforts would soon appear to be ultimately in vain. Combined with the newfound lies and deception she finds herself questioning his commitment. Her belief in true loves propels her to fight for what she had envisioned from the start. But despite her nurturing efforts, corruption and deceit took their stable places in his life. A breaking point is reached. She makes a life-altering decision. Does it work out for her good? Did all his lies finally catch up to him? Would he or she pay the ultimate price?

Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis

Author: Preston Lauterbach

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393246752

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 8031


The vivid history of Beale Street—a lost world of swaggering musicians, glamorous madams, and ruthless politicians—and the battle for the soul of Memphis. Following the Civil War, Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, thrived as a cauldron of sex and song, violence and passion. But out of this turmoil emerged a center of black progress, optimism, and cultural ferment. Preston Lauterbach tells this vivid, fascinating story through the multigenerational saga of a family whose ambition, race pride, and moral complexity indelibly shaped the city that would loom so large in American life. Robert Church, who would become “the South’s first black millionaire,” was a mulatto slave owned by his white father. Having survived a deadly race riot in 1866, Church constructed an empire of vice in the booming river town. He made a fortune with saloons, gambling, and—shockingly—white prostitution. But he also nurtured the militant journalism of Ida B. Wells and helped revolutionize American music through the work of composer W.C. Handy, the man who claimed to have invented the blues. In the face of Jim Crow, the Church fortune helped fashion the most powerful black political organization of the early twentieth century. Robert and his son, Bob Jr., bought and sold property, founded a bank, and created a park and auditorium for their people finer than the places whites had forbidden them to attend. However, the Church family operated through a tense arrangement with the Democrat machine run by the notorious E. H. “Boss” Crump, who stole elections and controlled city hall. The battle between this black dynasty and the white political machine would define the future of Memphis. Brilliantly researched and swiftly plotted, Beale Street Dynasty offers a captivating account of one of America’s iconic cities—by one of our most talented narrative historians.

The Biography Of A River Town

Memphis: Its Heroic Age

Author: Gerald M. Capers

Publisher: Burkes Book Store

ISBN: 9780937130018

Category: History

Page: 348

View: 2075


History of Memphis, Tennessee, from Native American days to early 20th century. Originally written in 1939, this is a reprint of the second (1966) edition.

Hellhound On His Trail

Author: Hampton Sides

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780385533195

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 9523


NATIONAL BESTSELLER Edgar Award Nominee One of the Best Books of the Year: O, The Oprah Magazine, Time, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Francisco Chronicle With a New Afterword On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel. The nation was shocked, enraged, and saddened. As chaos erupted across the country and mourners gathered at King's funeral, investigators launched a sixty-five day search for King’s assassin that would lead them across two continents. With a blistering, cross-cutting narrative that draws on a wealth of dramatic unpublished documents, Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers, delivers a non-fiction thriller in the tradition of William Manchester's The Death of a President and Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. With Hellhound On His Trail, Sides shines a light on the largest manhunt in American history and brings it to life for all to see.

The Chitlin' Circuit

And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll

Author: Preston Lauterbach

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393342949

Category: Music

Page: 338

View: 1361


Combining firsthand reporting with historical research, a music journalist provides a musical history of the birth of rock 'n' roll in the black juke joints where James Brown and B.B. King got their start. 17,000 first printing.

Cybill Disobedience

How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood, and the Irrepressible Urge to Say what I Think

Author: Cybill Shepherd,Aimee Lee Ball

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780091879037

Category: Television actors and actresses

Page: 294

View: 4114


If you only ever buy one Hollywood autobiography make it this one. Sassy, shocking, funny and totally revealing this is Cybill Shepherd's unexpurgated life-story, told with the wit and honesty you'd expect from the star that's seen it all and knows it all. She has been 57 kinds of disobedient and she has never held back from doing or saying what she wants. Cybill Disobedience is a limit-breaking, open-top car ride down Hollywood's Hall of Fame. From top model to movie siren, sex with Elvis to Bruce Willis's appeal, The Last Picture Show to Taxi Driver, the Cybill disaster and the Moonlighting phenomenon, it's all in here; every boyfriend, every affair, every good film and bad film. But most of all it's about a strong woman's determination to survive. The whole shebang - from Hollywood's mouthiest queen.

Crucible of Struggle

A History of Mexican Americans from Colonial Times to the Present ERA

Author: William R Kenan Distinguished Professor of Latino Studies Zaragosa Vargas,Zaragosa Vargas

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190200787


Page: 464

View: 3861


"Ranging from the founding of New Mexico in 1598 to the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, Crucible of Struggle vividly outlines and explores the totality of the 500-year Mexican American experience that is woven into the greater context of American history. It maps out current debates in Mexican American history while also incorporating new scholarship from the last thirty years."--Provided by publisher.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 22: Science and Medicine

Author: James G. Thomas Jr.,Charles Reagan Wilson

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 0807837431

Category: Reference

Page: 304

View: 1214


Science and medicine have been critical to southern history and the formation of southern culture. For three centuries, scientists in the South have documented the lush natural world around them and set a lasting tradition of inquiry. The medical history of the region, however, has been at times tragic. Disease, death, and generations of poor health have been the legacy of slavery, the plantation economy, rural life, and poorly planned cities. The essays in this volume explore this legacy as well as recent developments in technology, research, and medicine in the South. Subjects include natural history, slave health, medicine in the Civil War, public health, eugenics, HIV/AIDS, environmental health, and the rise of research institutions and hospitals, to name but a few. With 38 thematic essays, 44 topical entries, and a comprehensive overview essay, this volume offers an authoritative reference to science and medicine in the American South.

Disney Movie Posters

From Steamboat Willie to Inside Out

Author: Kevin Luperchio

Publisher: Disney Editions

ISBN: 9781423199014

Category: Art

Page: 150

View: 5589


Anyone who has ever seen a Disney movie knows that the iconic images are beautifully conveyed via the magnificent posters. The tone of the movie and the full range of emotions we experience in seeing the film are often captured in a single poster. After having seen and experienced a wonderful Disney motion picture, the mere sight of the poster can bring back the feelings of having taken the journey by watiching the film. Disney Movie Posters is a tribute to those posters, which tell the story both before and after we see the movie. Disney Movie Posters have been an important part of the motion picture process since Disney began making motion pictures. Not only are they eye-catching pieces of artwork, they are also designed to entice the movie-going audience. From Steamboat Willie, to Frozen and countless movies in between, Disney Movie Posters have been an important part of the films themselves. Disney shorts, animated movies, live action movies and Pixar movies can be remembered and honored by the posters that so efficently capture the magic of the film.

King Cotton in Modern America

A Cultural, Political, and Economic History since 1945

Author: D. Clayton Brown

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604737998

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 9130


King Cotton in Modern America places the once kingly crop in historical perspective, showing how “cotton culture” was actually part of the larger culture of the United States despite many regarding its cultivation and sources as hopelessly backward. Leaders in the industry, acting through the National Cotton Council, organized the various and often conflicting segments to make the commodity a viable part of the greater American economy. The industry faced new challenges, particularly the rise of foreign competition in production and the increase of man-made fibers in the consumer market. Modernization and efficiency became key elements for cotton planters. The expansion of cotton- growing areas into the Far West after 1945 enabled American growers to compete in the world market. Internal dissension developed between the traditional cotton growing regions in the South and the new areas in the West, particularly over the USDA cotton allotment program. Mechanization had profound social and economic impacts. Through music and literature, and with special emphasis placed on the meaning of cotton to African Americans in the lore of Memphis’s Beale Street, blues music, and African American migration off the land, author D. Clayton Brown carries cotton’s story to the present.

Four Years of Fighting

A Volume of Personal Observation with the Army and Navy, from the First Battle of Bull Run to the Fall of Richmond

Author: Charles Carleton Coffin

Publisher: N.A


Category: African Americans

Page: 558

View: 1261


More Davids Than Goliaths

A Political Education

Author: Harold Ford, Jr.

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307452158

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 9662


Harold Ford Jr. has long distinguished himself as a charismatic, results-oriented politician with fresh ideas. His career began at age 26 after he won his father’s Congressional seat, serving his Tennessee district for ten years. He stepped into the national spotlight with his electric keynote at the 2000 Democratic National Convention, and in 2006 his reputation was further shaped during the closest Senate race in Tennessee’s history, which he lost. Ford feels passionately that our country’s best days are ahead, and in More Davids Than Goliaths, he presents his mission statement for America. Reflecting on what he’s learned from his extended political family, the slings and arrows of the campaign trail, and those across our nation who inspire him, More Davids Than Goliaths explains Ford’s conviction, “At its best, leadership in government can solve, inspire, and heal.” Along the way, Ford reminds us that in America, there are more Davids than Goliaths, more solutions than problems, more that unites us than divides us. From the Hardcover edition.

Maxine Smith's Unwilling Pupils

Lessons Learned in Memphis's Civil Rights Classroom

Author: Sherry Lee Hoppe,Bruce W. Speck

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 9781572335875

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 290

View: 3525


Maxine Smith's Unwilling Pupils is the authorized biography of Maxine Atkins Smith. As such it tells the story of the civil rights movement in Memphis from Smith's viewpoint. Primarily based on newspaper accounts from the 1960s and 1970s and on Smith's papers housed at the Memphis Public Library, the book also draws from a rich source of interviews conducted by the coauthors and others. This book presents a well-balanced historical background of the civil rights era even while serving as a tribute to Maxine Smith and her work. A panoramic view of Maxine's life, Maxine Smith's Unwilling Pupils, presents one woman's struggle as a prism for understanding the human dimensions of the fight for equality. The biography portrays Smith's lifelong focus on education as she tried to enlighten both blacks and whites about equality and the inalienable rights of all races. Along the way she became the face of the civil rights movement in Memphis during a critical time in the movement's history. Maxine's unwilling pupils often hated her for her outspoken and tenacious advocacy for those rights; her followers loved her for her unwavering commitment to ensure the rights of African Americans. Smith's selfless struggles as chronicled in this biography will leave no doubt that her influence on the progress of civil rights in Memphis was profound. Moreover, her example of tireless commitment should inspire the efforts of new generations of equal rights activists to come. Sherry L. Hoppe is president of Austin Peay State University. She has coedited a number of volumes with Bruce W. Speck in the New Directions for Teaching and Learning series. She is coeditor, with Dr. Speck, of Service-Learning: History, Theory, and Issues. Bruce W. Speck is provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Austin Peay State University. He is the co-author, with Jordy Rocheleau, of Rights and Wrongs in the College Classroom: Ethical Issues in Postsecondary Teaching. He has written numerous articles and contributed to edited volumes.

A Spy in Canaan

Author: Marc Perrusquia

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612193412

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 9767


A Spy in Canaan is the story of Ernest Withers, a photojournalist who extensively covered the civil rights movement from Memphis. His pictures, like the iconic photo of Martin Luther King Jr. riding a recently de-segregated bus, are some of the most famous in history. The story goes much deeper, though, and Withers secretly doubled as an FBI informant while he was shooting iconic pictures that propelled the movement. Marc Perrusquia broke the story of Withers' secret double life following a long investigation. A Spy in Canaan tells of that extraordinary case.