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

G. Wayne Dowdy


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 political boss in the U.S.” This book 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 campai ... More

Keywords: Edward Hull Crump, African Americans, Republicans, two-party South, presidential candidates, Bluff City, discrimination, segregated social order, black politicians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604734232
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734232.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. Wayne Dowdy, author