Beale Street Dynasty
ebook ∣ Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis
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"All aspects of [Beale Street's] complex, fascinating history are told...with verve and vivid erudition." —Wall Street Journal
Between Reconstruction and Prohibition, Beale Street in Memphis thrived as a strip with a unique soul that reshaped American culture. Preston Lauterbach recounts the rise and fall of Beale Street through the life of the South's first black millionaire, an ex-slave who built an underworld dynasty in the booming river town and created a space for black culture to flourish. A thrilling narrative history, Beale Street Dynasty tells an intriguing, previously unknown story about race in an American city.