TENNESSEE: Memphis Blues

When Edward Hull Crump was mayor of Memphis 30 years ago, he clinched his grip on Memphis' heartstrings by refusing to enforce State Prohibition. During World War I, when the Army demanded abolition of the red-light district, the trulls quietly packed up and moved their business to shuttered houses on South Main Street, Vance Avenue, Mulberry Street and thereabouts. In the '305—third decade of his reign—Ed Crump continued to let Memphis go its primrose way. Memphis was sinful, all right, but it was never loud and raw about it. Memphis was the...

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