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Beale Street Dynasty
Author: Preston Lauterbach

ISBN: 9780393352139
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 4 April 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0 x 2.9
Description:
The vivid history of Beale Street-a lost world of swaggering musicians, glamorous madams, and ruthless politicians and the battle for the soul of Memphis.

Following the Civil War, Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, thrived as a cauldron of sex and song, violence and passion. But out of this turmoil emerged a center of black progress, optimism, and cultural ferment. Preston Lauterbach tells this vivid, fascinating story through the multigenerational saga of a family whose ambition, race pride, and moral complexity indelibly shaped the city that would loom so large in American life.

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, andshockingly 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 powerf...

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