Tag: Tennessee

Rufus Thomas, Man of the House of Happiness

Rufus Thomas, Man of the House of Happiness

Thomas Hackett
“We kept the discussion at an adult level”: Jack Kershaw and the Tennessee Federation for Constitutional Government

“We kept the discussion at an adult level”: Jack Kershaw and the Tennessee Federation for Constitutional Government

Benjamin Houston

Just off Interstate 65 south of Nashville, a small private park bedecked with Confederate flags surrounds a nearly thirty-foot-tall statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest astride his horse and waving a pistol. “He’s crying, ‘Follow me!’” explained the sculptor of the controversial artwork, Jack Kershaw, who would later brush off criticism about the piece by asserting that “Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery.”

John Elkington and the Remaking of Beale Street

John Elkington and the Remaking of Beale Street

Cathryn Stout

John Elkington moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to start law school in 1970, a year after urban clearance claimed its first building on Beale Street. The twenty-two-year-old student walked down Beale Street trying to imagine what it was like in its heyday, before the crumbling buildings and bulldozers. In the first half of the twentieth century, Beale Street was a popular destination for African American southerners who came there to support the musicians and shop owners located on the segregated strip.

“You Sleep with None and You Wake with Ghosts”: Emmylou Harris as the Widow of Nashville

“You Sleep with None and You Wake with Ghosts”: Emmylou Harris as the Widow of Nashville

Marcus Desmond Harmon

"Emmylou Harris's post-Parsons work is a celebration of complicated grief, casting about for ways to both 'move on' and stay faithful to the past."

Shelby Foote, Memphis, and the Civil War in American Memory

Shelby Foote, Memphis, and the Civil War in American Memory

Timothy S. Huebner
Looking and Telling, Again and Again: The Documentary Impulse

Looking and Telling, Again and Again: The Documentary Impulse

Tom Rankin
Country People in the New South: Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland by Jeanette Keith (Review)

Country People in the New South: Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland by Jeanette Keith (Review)

Michael Lienesch