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Introduction: Reputation as History

Douglas A. Boyd and W. Fitzhugh Brundage

in Crawfish Bottom

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134086
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135892 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134086.003.0001
Introduction: Reputation as History

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The introduction presents the scenario of a neighborhood that was branded with the reputation as the “bad-part-of-town” and how an oral history project challenged outsider's perceptions of this neighborhood and its history by documenting the former resident's perspective and stories. It introduces the concept of “reclaiming” public memory from the entrenched reputation and re-examines the process of reconstructing community in memory when the community being remembered was destroyed by Urban Renewal in the mid-1960s.

Keywords: memory; community; Urban Renewal; oral history; public memory

Chapter.  4743 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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