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The King of Craw

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/9780813134086.003.0006
The King of Craw

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This chapter examines the story of the “King of Craw” John Fallis. Fallis was larger than life. He was a grocer, a bootlegger, a neighborhood boss, and a “Robin Hood” figure who gave back to the poor, he influenced the voting block that was the neighborhood, faked his own death, shot three policemen in one evening, and was a fugitive from the law. Although he was killed in 1929, his legend continues today and he endures as a symbolic presence for a neighborhood no longer in existence. This chapter takes a close look at the role of legend and folklore in oral history and resultant public memory of this community.

Keywords: crime; bootlegging; folklore; legend; John Fallis; public memory

Chapter.  13095 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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