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Tennessee Reads: Dr. Bruce Wheeler to discuss Knoxville History

Dr. Bruce Wheeler presents: Knoxville: A Mountain City in the New South
Tennessee Reads
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 25
University of Tennessee University Club (Kingston Pike and Neyland Drive)
Free and open to the public

Is Knoxville more Appalachian than Southern? Did onetime mayor and grocery store owner Cas Walker single-handedly impede progress in Knoxville for decades?

Discover Knoxville’s complicated, colorful past on Tuesday, April 25 when Dr. Bruce Wheeler, author of Knoxville: A Mountain City in the New South, will speak to the Tennessee Reads Book Club. The talk begins at 7 pm and will be held at UT’s University Club at the corner of Kingston Pike and Neyland Drive. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Knoxville’s history is often blanketed by myths and falsehoods. Wheeler will discuss the colliding forces that have shaped Knoxville’s past: country and city, North and South, the poor and the elite. Wheeler will also highlight some of Knoxville’s more interesting characters, such as Perez Dickinson, Edward Sanford, George Dempster (of Dempster Dumpsters), Louis Brownlow, Carlene Malone, Victor Ashe, Jake Butcher and the ever-captivating Cas Walker.

Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with Wheeler and purchase the book.

The Tennessee Reads book club was founded to celebrate the great literature and fascinating history of Tennessee by featuring titles from the University of Tennessee Press. The event is sponsored by the UT Press, WUOT, and the University of Tennessee Library Friends.

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