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Crawfish BottomRecovering a Lost Kentucky Community$
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Douglas A. Boyd

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134086

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134086.001.0001

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Introduction: Reputation as History

Introduction: Reputation as History

(p.1) Introduction: Reputation as History
Crawfish Bottom

Douglas A. Boyd

W. Fitzhugh Brundage

University Press of Kentucky

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

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