Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate General, a slave trader, and an early member and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Despite his tainted past, he is widely revered among niche groups for his military accomplishments. In downtown Memphis stands the Nathan Bedford Forrest Park. It contains a statue of Forrest himself, and he […]Read more "Nathan Bedford Forrest Park"
Memphis played an integral role in the Civil Rights Movement. With its high population of black people and a long history of racism and intolerance, Memphis was bound to become one of the centers of the movement. It is only natural that the National Civil Rights Museum would find its home at the Lorraine Motel in […]Read more "Racism, Segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement"
The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878 was a major point of Memphis history. Its sweeping effect on Memphis citizens halted the development of the city. While the city experienced six outbreaks of Yellow Fever in total, the 1878 outbreak was, by far, the most aggressive and had the most effect on the city. This excerpt […]Read more "The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878"
The American Civil War (1861-1865) was incited by the Confederacy’s secession from the United States. Their secession was due to Abraham Lincoln’s policy on slavery. Southern states had come to depend on slaves to uphold their economy, and Lincoln intended to limit and eventually abolish slavery. “The Civil War was about slavery,” John Green says in […]Read more "Civil War to Reconstruction"
Memphis was one of the largest slave trade centers, with 1/4 of the city’s population being comprised of slaves. It was Tennessee’s largest slave trading city, its location on the river lending itself as a prime location for ships to stop and engage in the buying and selling of West African bodies. As the video states, […]Read more "The Arrival of West African Slaves"