Beale Street dynasty: sex, song, and the struggle for the soul of Memphis
Robert Church, who would become "the South's first black millionaire," was a mulatto slave owned by his white father. Having survived a deadly race riot in 1866, Church constructed an empire of vice in the booming river town. He made a fortune with saloons, gambling, and--shockingly--white prostitution. But he also nurtured the militant journalism of Ida B. Wells and helped revolutionize American music through the work of composer W.C. Handy, the man who claimed to have invented the blues.
In the face of Jim Crow, the Church fortune helped fashion the most powerful black political organization of the early twentieth century. Robert and his son, Bob Jr., bought and sold property, founded a bank, and created a park and auditorium for their people finer than the places whites had forbidden them to attend.
However, the Church family operated through a tense arrangement with the Democrat machine run by the notorious E. H. "Boss" Crump, who stole elections and controlled city hall. The battle between this black dynasty and the white political machine would define the future of Memphis.
Brilliantly researched and swiftly plotted, Beale Street Dynasty offers a captivating account of one of America's iconic cities--by one of our most talented narrative historians.
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|Grouping Title||beale street dynasty sex song and the struggle for the soul of memphis|
|Grouping Author||lauterbach preston|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-07-18 23:10:18PM|
|Last Indexed||2018-07-18 23:54:27PM|
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|display_description||Documents the rise and fall of the legendary Memphis thoroughfare that indelibly shaped American culture, documenting its story through the life of former slave and first black millionaire Robert Church.|
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|record_details||ils:CARL0000459657|Book|Books|First edition.|English|W.W. Norton & Company,||xi, 352 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.|
|subject_facet||Beale Street (Memphis, Tenn.) -- Biography, Beale Street (Memphis, Tenn.) -- History, Church, Robert Reed, -- 1839-1912, Church, Robert Reed, -- 1839-1912 -- Family, Memphis (Tenn.) -- Biography, Memphis (Tenn.) -- History, Memphis (Tenn.) -- Race relations|
|title_display||Beale Street dynasty : sex, song, and the struggle for the soul of Memphis|
|title_full||Beale Street dynasty : sex, song, and the struggle for the soul of Memphis / Preston Lauterbach|
|title_short||Beale Street dynasty :|
|title_sub||sex, song, and the struggle for the soul of Memphis|
|topic_facet||Church, Robert Reed, Family, History, Race relations|