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Crawfish Bottom : Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community - Douglas A. Boyd

Crawfish Bottom

Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community

Hardcover Published: 25th July 2011
ISBN: 9780813134086
Number Of Pages: 220

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A small neighborhood in northern Frankfort, Kentucky, Crawfish Bottom was located on fifty acres of swampy land along the Kentucky River. "Craw's" reputation for vice, violence, moral corruption, and unsanitary conditions made it a target for urban renewal projects that replaced the neighborhood with the city's Capital Plaza in the mid-1960s.

Douglas A. Boyd's Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community traces the evolution of the controversial community that ultimately saw four-hundred families displaced. Using oral histories and firsthand memories, Boyd not only provides a record of a vanished neighborhood and its culture but also demonstrates how this type of study enhances the historical record. A former Frankfort police officer describes Craw's residents as a "rough class of people, who didn't mind killing or being killed." In Crawfish Bottom, the former residents of Craw acknowledge the popular misconceptions about their community but offer a richer and more balanced view of the past.

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""Urban planners seldom listened to the communities they bulldozed, but oral history can recapture the historical memory of what has been lost. Crawfish Bottom provides a vivid and layered history of the colorful community that once existed on the banks of the Kentucky River, in the words of its inhabitants and in a critical analysis of their interviews."--Donald A. Ritchie, author of Doing Oral History" --

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Series Editors' Forewordp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Reputation as Historyp. 1
The ôLowerö Part of the Cityp. 15
Defining Crawp. 55
Contesting Public Memoryp. 79
The Other Side of the Tracksp. 111
The King of Crawp. 145
Conclusion: Remembering Crawp. 183
Notesp. 189
Selected Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780813134086
ISBN-10: 0813134080
Series: Kentucky Remembered: An Oral History
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 25th July 2011
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.26  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.54

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