Bobby L. Lovett, professor at Tennessee State University and author of The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee: A Narrative History
"Crusades for Freedom is the most complete history of Memphis politics (1948-1968) to date. Dowdy's research into and use of primary sources is excellent and allows him to provide a much fuller picture of the political activities during these extremely important years. People interested in southern history, urban history and the history of the mid-South will find this work of great value."
Kenneth W. Goings, author of Mammy and Uncle Mose: Black Collectibles and American Stereotyping and coeditor of The New African American Urban History