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Mayor Crump don't like it : machine politics in Memphis /
G. Wayne Dowdy.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Jackson, Miss. : University Press of Mississippi, 2006.
description
xii, 159 p.
ISBN
1578068592 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Jackson, Miss. : University Press of Mississippi, 2006.
isbn
1578068592 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
A business government by a business man -- The black flag of machine politics -- The people have made their statement -- A good Tammany Hall Tennessean -- The honor of having no opposition -- God bless you, boss.
catalogue key
5903913
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 144-148) and index.
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A biography of the Southern politician who forged the first biracial Democratic coalition and then shattered it with his loyalty to segregationÂ's status quo
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A biography of the Southern politician who forged the first biracial Democratic coalition and then shattered it with his loyalty to segregationÂ’s status quo
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A biography of the Southern politician who forged the first biracial Democratic coalition and then shattered it with his loyalty to segregation's status quo
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A biography of the southern politician who forged the first biracial Democratic coalition
Main Description
In the 1930s thousands of African Americans abandoned their long-standing allegiance to the party of Abraham Lincoln and began voting for Democratic Party candidates. This new voting pattern remapped the nation's political landscape and altered the relationship between citizen and government. One of the forgotten builders of this modern Democratic Party was Memphis mayor and congressman Edward Hull Crump (1874-1954). Crump created a biracial, multiethnic coalition within the segregated South that transformed the Mississippi Delta's largest city into a modern southern metropolis. Crump expanded city regulatory power, increased government efficiency and established a publicly owned electric utility. In addition, he secured a comprehensive flood control system for portions of the lower Mississippi River Valley. G. Wayne Dowdy cataloged the personal papers of Crump for the Memphis Public Library and brings southern political history to life in this biography. In the 1930s Crump emerged as a national leader who influenced the direction of American politics. In 1936 Time described Crump as "one of the South's most remarkable politicians." A political advisor to Franklin Roosevelt, Crump convinced a large number of blacks to abandon their allegiance to the Republicans for the party of FDR. Ironically, Crump's power and influence ebbed over the course of the 1940s in large part due to the increasing independence of black voters seeking to desegregate Memphis and the South. Determined to maintain segregation, Crump abandoned the Democrats in 1948 for the States' Rights Party and experienced a crushing political defeat. G. Wayne Dowdy is a senior librarian and archivist at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. His work has appeared in the Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual, Journal of Negro History, Tennessee Historical Quarterly, and other publications.
Main Description
In the 1930s thousands of African Americans abandoned their long-standing allegiance to the party of Abraham Lincoln and began voting for Democratic Party candidates. This new voting pattern remapped the nation's political landscape and altered the relationship between citizen and government.One of the forgotten builders of this modern Democratic Party was Memphis mayor and congressman Edward Hull Crump (1874-1954). Crump created a biracial, multiethnic coalition within the segregated South that transformed the Mississippi Delta's largest city into a modern southern metropolis. Crump expanded city regulatory power, increased government efficiency and established a publicly owned electric utility. In addition, he secured a comprehensive flood control system for portions of the lower Mississippi River Valley. G. Wayne Dowdy cataloged the personal papers of Crump for the Memphis Public Library and brings southern political history to life in this biography.In the 1930s Crump emerged as a national leader who influenced the direction of American politics. In 1936 Time described Crump as "one of the South's most remarkable politicians." A political advisor to Franklin Roosevelt, Crump convinced a large number of blacks to abandon their allegiance to the Republicans for the party of FDR. Ironically, Crump's power and influence ebbed over the course of the 1940s in large part due to the increasing independence of black voters seeking to desegregate Memphis and the South. Determined to maintain segregation, Crump abandoned the Democrats in 1948 for the States' Rights Party and experienced a crushing political defeat.G. Wayne Dowdy is a senior librarian and archivist at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. His work has appeared in theArkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies,CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual,Journal of Negro History,Tennessee Historical Quarterly, and other publications.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
"A Business Government by a Business Man"p. 3
"The Black Flag of Machine Politics"p. 25
"The People Have Made Their Statement"p. 41
"A Good Tammany Hall Tennessean"p. 54
"The Honor of Having No Opposition"p. 75
"God Bless You, Boss"p. 93
Afterwordp. 108
Appendixp. 114
Notesp. 119
Bibliographyp. 144
Indexp. 149
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