Downtown Nashville

City Histories

The four largest cities in Tennessee are Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.

Here we will tell you about some of the more important things to have ever happened in these cities--focusing on things that come up in the social studies curriculum.

Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in Memphis
PHOTO: Wayne State University College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs

On the Memphis history page, we talk about everyone from de Soto and James Winchester to Martin Luther King and Elvis Presley. Click here.

The Grand Ole Opry in the 1950s
PHOTO: Country Music Foundation

The Donelson Party saga, the state capital, the Civil War, country music and the sit-in movement--all on the Nashville history page.

A reenactment of the Treaty of the Holston in Knoxville
On Knoxville's page, we talk about the Treaty of the Holston, the University of Tennesee and the World's Fair of 1982. Click here.

General Ulysses S. Grant on Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga
PHOTO: Library of Congress
Click here to be taken to the Chattanooga page, where we talk about the wild Tennessee River, the Civil War, and junk food.