West Virginia History, N.S. 6, No.1, Spring 2012 Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community. By Douglas A. Boyd. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011. Pp. ix, 220.) Crawfish Bottom, or rather the Craw, was a small section of Frankfort, Kentucky, located north and east of the Old State Capitol building. In the decades before urban renewal projects replaced the small community with a high-rise government office tower and other buildings, the Craw was a largely poor, mixed-race community, made up of family homes, stores, restaurants, saloons, and houses of prostitution. In the eyes of the people of Frankfort, the Craw held two very different reputations. The residents regarded it as a place for safety and community, where friends watched and helped each other, and people survived by doing what they could. For many who lived outside the Craw, it was viewed as a dangerous place, cursed with crime, corruption, and social debauchery. In Crawfish Bottom, Douglas Boyd attempts to recreate the lost neighborhood by piecing together a colorful portrait based on primary documents and oral interviews of former residents. The vast majority of the oral history, indeed the primary source for the entire book, is a remarkable
West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Apr 25, 2012
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