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Destination DixieTourism and Southern History$
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Karen L. Cox

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042374

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042374.001.0001

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“A Tradition-Conscious Cotton City”

“A Tradition-Conscious Cotton City”

(East) Tupelo, Mississippi, Birthplace of Elvis Presley

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Destination Dixie

Michael T. Bertrand

University Press of Florida

The Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi, is the subject of Michael Bertrand’s essay. Every year, eighty thousand to one hundred thousand visitors come to visit the fifteen-acre site that houses the Presley birthplace, a museum, and a chapel and park that the local convention and visitors’ bureau claims as its “most significant landmark.” As Bertrand’s essay reveals, while the site is important to civic boosters and brings tourist dollars, the story of Elvis’s early life history is complicated by his family’s poverty and working-class origins from the “wrong side of the tracks.” Thus, the early Elvis story contrasts sharply with the one told at Graceland, Presley’s home in Memphis, Tennessee.

Keywords:   Elvis Presley Birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, early Elvis story, poverty, contrasting stories

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