Crisis and Commission Government in Memphis: Elite Rule in a Gilded Age City

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In Crisis and Commission Government in Memphis, Lynette Boney Wrenn draws on extensive primary research to explore the consequences of the city's dramatic governmental reorganization in the late 1800s. As she explains, the health and fiscal crises that Memphis suffered gave its economic elite the opportunity to dominate local government. Three powerful fire and police commissioners and five advisory public works supervisors, all elected at large after 1881, replaced the mayor and thirty representatives chosen by wards. The ...

Crisis and Commission Government in Memphis: Elite Rule in a Gilded Age City 1998, University of Tennessee Press

ISBN-13: 9780870499975

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