A small neighborhood in northern Frankfort, Kentucky, Crawfish Bottom was located on fifty acres of swampy land along the Kentucky River. "Craw's" reputation for vice, violence, moral corruption, and unsanitary conditions made it a target for urban renewal projects that replaced the neighborhood with the city's Capital Plaza in the mid-1960s.
Douglas A. Boyd's Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community traces the evolution of the controversial community that ultimately saw four-hundred families displaced. Using oral histories and firsthand memories, Boyd not only provides a record of a vanished neighborhood and its culture but also demonstrates how this type of study enhances the historical record. A former Frankfort police officer describes Craw's residents as a "rough class of people, who didn't mind killing or being killed." In Crawfish Bottom, the former residents of Craw acknowledge the popular misconceptions about their community but offer a richer and more balanced view of the past.
About the Author
Douglas A. Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky, is a coeditor of Community Memories: A Glimpse of African American Life in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Series Editors' Foreword xi
Introduction: Reputation as History 1
1 The "Lower" Part of the City 15
2 Defining Craw 55
3 Contesting Public Memory 79
4 The Other Side of the Tracks 111
5 The King of Craw 145
Conclusion: Remembering Craw 183
Selected Bibliography 205
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If the author was trying to show a side of Craw that was different from the public perception, why: a) have a whole chapter on prostitution with snippets from the oral interviews to support it? Why include those interviews if the point is to show the other side of Craw? b) say the residents seemed to be proud of the corruption? c) dwell on John Fallis and draw out the former residents comments that said they admired him? d) have the admiration for the teachers, Mayo-Underwood school, churches, community, etc. be such a small part of the book?e) imply that interviewer led the interviews to only the positive parts?The point was made over and over in the first part of the book about what a terrible, well-deserved reputation Craw had - why not have the rest of the book show a difference?Because sex, violence and corruption sells books!