The Secrets of the Hopewell Box: Stolen Elections, Southern Politics, and a City's Coming of Age
When Boss Crump's boys didn't show up on time with the last unreported ballot box in the sheriff's election in the fall of 1945, the courthouse crowd suspected something was going on. And when the box finally arrived, stuffed with more votes than the community had citizens, most everyone in Nashville knew for certain that somebody had done something secret. But the "Old Hickory gang" got away with it then and in every other election for the next seventeen years. And their secrets were kept - until now. Jim Squires was only two years old in 1945, but he knows what happened because it was his own pistol-toting, gold-toothed granddaddy Dave White, an enforcer in "Crump's gestapo," who stole that election - and a lot more.
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The secrets of the Hopewell box: stolen elections, Southern politics, and a city's coming of ageUser Review - Book Verdict
For many years, college instructors of political science and history have included on their undergraduate reading lists William L. Riordan's Plunkett of Tammany Hall (Dutton, 1963). It provides an insider's account of New York City's most famous political machine. Journalist Squires offers a similar perspective on a political machine in the Nashville area that exercised power from the 1940s into the 1970s. The machine relied heavily on ties of family and friendship to maintain its cohesion. Also, like many other political organizations elsewhere in the South, the machine made effective use of local law enforcement agencies and their personnel, both to turn out the vote on election day and to manipulate ballot counting afterward. The book is a good introduction for general readers and college undergraduates to a type of political organization that once could be found in all the states.-Thomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette
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Surprisingly funny and incredibly enlightening. As Nashville's newly adopted daughter, I like to get my hands on anything pertaining to the history of this fascinating city. It's not just about music ...
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