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While known for the twang of its country music, Nashville is also home to a colorful and salacious past. A must-read for Nashville history enthusiasts.
The earliest settlers to lay claim to the land surrounding Nashville brought with them betrayal, murder and thievery.
As the city grew, authorities unsuccessfully attempted to outlaw and remove vice. During the Civil War, the number of soiled dovesin Nashville forced the army to legalize and regulate prostitution. The death of outspoken politician Edward Carmack triggered the state to outlaw booze for nearly thirty years, but that did not stop alcohol from flowing in the city. One local mayor even bragged about his patronage of saloons.
Elizabeth Goetsch dives into Nashville's wicked past and explores some of Music City'smore tantalizing history.