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Author Dowdy, G. Wayne
Title Crusades for Freedom : Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South
Imprint Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2010
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1. "We Are Living in a Different Day" -- 2. "My Family Ties in the South" -- 3. "All the Cooperation We Can Muster" -- 4. "Why Didn't Someone Tell Us This Before?" -- 5. "To Compel the White Race" -- 6. "Please Don't Do That" -- 7. "A Great Movement Here in Memphis" -- Afterword -- Appendix A. Memphis City Government, 1948-1968 -- Appendix B. Election Returns -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W
During the first half of the twentieth century, the city of Memphis was governed by the Shelby County Democratic Party controlled by Edward Hull Crump, described by Time magazine as "the most absolute political boss in the U.S." Crusades for Freedom chronicles the demise of the Crump political machine and the corresponding rise to power of the South's two minorities, African Americans and Republicans.Between the years 1948 and 1968, Memphis emerged as a battleground in the struggle to create a strong two-party South. For the first time in its history, both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates campaigned vigorously for the Bluff City's votes. Closely tied to these changing political fortunes was the struggle of African Americans to overturn two centuries of discrimination. At the same time, many believed that the city needed a more modern political structure to meet the challenges of the 1950s and 1960s, preferably a mayor-city council governmental structure. By 1968 the segregated social order had collapsed, black politicians were firmly entrenched within the Democratic party, southern whites had swelled the ranks of the GOP, and Memphis had adopted a new city charter
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Dowdy, G. Wayne Crusades for Freedom : Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South Jackson : University Press of Mississippi,c2010 9781604734232
Subject Crump, Edward Hull, -- 1874-1954.;Democratic Party (Shelby County, Tenn.) -- History -- 20th century.;African Americans -- Tennessee -- Memphis -- Politics and government -- 20th century.;Memphis (Tenn.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.;Memphis (Tenn.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
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