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Memphis before World War II: Migrants, Mushroom Strikes, and the Reign of Terror

Laurie B. Green

in Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807831069
eISBN:
9781469604534
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807888872_green.4
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the political situation in Memphis prior to World War II, focusing on the “reign of terror” launched by the political machine of Edward Hull Crump, who served as city mayor from ... More


. “We Are Living in a Different Day”

G. Wayne Dowdy

in Crusades for Freedom: Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734232
eISBN:
9781604734249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734232.003.0001
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter explores the decline of politician Edward Hull Crump’s political clout over Memphis, Tennessee. During the late 1940s, President Harry Truman began making his move in ending racial ... More


. “My Family Ties in the South”

G. Wayne Dowdy

in Crusades for Freedom: Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734232
eISBN:
9781604734249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734232.003.0002
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter discusses the rise of Republican Party presence in Tennessee and politician Edward Hull Crump’s further political decline in the 1952 elections. Crump’s endorsement of Kenneth McKellar ... More


Crusades for Freedom: Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South

G. Wayne Dowdy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734232
eISBN:
9781604734249
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734232.001.0001
Subject:
History, Political History

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 as “the most absolute ... More


. “All the Cooperation We Can Muster”

G. Wayne Dowdy

in Crusades for Freedom: Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734232
eISBN:
9781604734249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734232.003.0003
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter explores the signs of change in Memphis from a commission-based local government to a council-mayor form of government. Watkins Overton, the former Memphis mayor, sought the mayor ... More


. “Why Didn’t Someone Tell Us This Before?”

G. Wayne Dowdy

in Crusades for Freedom: Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734232
eISBN:
9781604734249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734232.003.0004
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter discusses the political landscape of Memphis, Tennessee after both politician Edward Hull Crump and Mayor Frank Tobey died. As the mayoral election drew nearer, the political machinery ... More


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