Memphis Chronicles: Bits of History from the Best Times

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Take a break from the bustle of Poplar and Beale and enjoy this easy ride down memory lane, recalling days when downtown gridlock was caused by streetcars and wagons and the Mid-South was ruled by the likes of the Chickasaws, Confederates, King Cotton and Crump. Few know Shelby County and its history like lifelong Memphian John E. Harkins, who expertly chronicles the city's unparalleled heritage and the individuals and groups who have kept its past alive through the decades. Discover the origins of the yellow fever epidemic, Memphis in May, Elmwood Cemetery, the heroes of Shelby County history and so much more in Memphis Chronicles.
ISBN: 9781596297142
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Tennessee
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 58
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dr. John E. Harkins is a fifth-generation Memphian with a decades-long, passionate commitment to Memphis-area history and to institutions serving that history. John taught history for thirty-plus years, with more than twenty-five of those years being at Memphis University School. He has written dozens of articles on Mid-South history and three highly regarded books on Memphis and Shelby County topics. These include Metropolis of the American Nile, MUS Century Book, and Historic Shelby County. John served six years as Memphis and Shelby County Archivist, eight years on the Tennessee Public Records Commission, eight years on the Shelby County Historical Commission, and four years on the Tennessee Historical Commission. In the private sector, John served eight years as President of the West Tennessee Historical Society, two years as President of Descendants of Early Settlers of Shelby County, and eight years in various offices on the Board of the Davies Manor Association.
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