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The Tennessee Handbook

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This quick reference brings together (and often corrects) large amounts of information from many diverse and hard-to-find resources. The work begins with a year-by-year summary of Tennessee history, from the Revolutionary era to the present. For example, the entry for 1960 reports that after sit-ins in the state's four largest cities Nashville became the first Southern city to desegregate lunch counters. A guide to all official state symbols and their origins follows. For instance, in 1919 the school children of ...
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Overview

This quick reference brings together (and often corrects) large amounts of information from many diverse and hard-to-find resources. The work begins with a year-by-year summary of Tennessee history, from the Revolutionary era to the present. For example, the entry for 1960 reports that after sit-ins in the state's four largest cities Nashville became the first Southern city to desegregate lunch counters. A guide to all official state symbols and their origins follows. For instance, in 1919 the school children of Tennessee voted for the state flower of Tennessee and selected the passionflower. In 1933, the iris was adopted as the "State Flower of Tennessee" but the passionflower designation had not been rescinded. In 1973, the General Assembly designated the iris as the state cultivated flower and the passionflower as the state wildflower.

The politics and geography of Tennessee are also covered. Biographies of all governors are provided, along with lists of Tennesseeans in national politics (including representatives to the Confederate congress). Available through this book is a listing of how the counties have been divided into various congressional districts from 1813 to the present, information on the state capitals, and the counties of Tennessee. Descriptions of all the state's significant rivers and lakes; national and state parks, forests, and recreation areas; and colleges and universities are given. Population data are also included.

Author Biography: Ed Speer works for East Tennessee State University's Archives of Appalachia and its Center for Appalachian Studies and Services. He lives in Carter County.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786471737
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Pages: 288

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword xi
A Note on Sources 1
A Chronology 3
Symbols 39
Constitutions 45
Constitution of the State of Tennessee, 1796 50
Constitution of the State of Tennessee, 1835 64
Constitution of the State of Tennessee, 1870 83
Population 122
Documents that Have Influenced the State's History 124
Biographical Sketches of Governors 131
Chronological List of Governors 154
Tennesseans in National Service 155
Capitals 174
Congressional Districts 176
Counties 189
Selected Cities and Towns 204
Geographical Features 216
Rivers and Lakes 219
National Parks, Forests, and Recreation Areas 227
Colleges and Universities 230
Bibliography 241
Index 251
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