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“You Pay One Hell of a Price to Be Black”: Rufus Thomas and the Racial Politics of Memphis Music

Charles L. Hughes

in An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780813175515
eISBN:
9780813175706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813175515.003.0011
Subject:
History, African-American History

The life of Rufus Thomas traces many of the broader historical trajectories that defined African American experiences in Memphis in the twentieth century. Born to Mississippi sharecroppers, Thomas ... More


Memphis: The Epicenter of the Cotton Belt

D. Clayton Brown

in King Cotton in Modern America: A Cultural, Political, and Economic History since 1945

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737981
eISBN:
9781604737998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737981.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on Memphis as the cotton center of the United States. No other city depended more on cotton and embraced it as did Memphis. The discussions cover the city’s infrastructure; its ... More


“Make My Getaway”: Southern Violence and Blues Entrepreneurship in W. C. Handy's Father of the Blues

Adah Cussow

in Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226310978
eISBN:
9780226311005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226311005.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter explores the links between southern violence and blues' emergence during the 1890s from a slightly different perspective, concentrating on William Christopher Handy. For Handy, blues ... More


Introduction

Aram Goudsouzian and Charles W. McKinney Jr.

in An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780813175515
eISBN:
9780813175706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813175515.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

The introduction opens with Richard Wright, adrift and morose amidst the vagaries of Jim Crow Memphis, and pans back to examine the political and social circumstances of the segregated city, from ... More


“There Will Be No Discrimination”: Race, Power, and the Memphis Flood of 1937

David Welky

in An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780813175515
eISBN:
9780813175706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813175515.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

The 1937 flood of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers was one of the highest and most destructive on record. It affected millions of lives, devastated thousands of towns, and killed hundreds of people. ... More


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