Stephen Ash on his book - A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot that Shook the Nation

Mar 10, 2016

Stephen Ash on his book - A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot that Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War.

Credit Stephen V. Ash

Host Jonathan Judaken speaks with Stephen V. Ash, author of A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot that Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War. The Memphis Massacre took place 150 years ago this May.

On March 17, 2016 at 6 pm Stephen Ash will give a public lecture at Rhodes College based on his book, which is part of a semester long sequence of events across Memphis intending to commemorate this significant but little known episode in Memphis and American history. Ash provides the social context in two ways: first, by explaining Memphis history during the Civil War and how this impacted the political economy of the city just following the war and next by breaking down the groups who were living in Memphis in spring of 1866.