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Mississippi

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Beginning with the state's earliest settlers, Ben Wynne explores the paradox that is Mississippi-its rich soil and namesake river, yet its vulnerability to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. It is one of the US's poorest states, yet has one of the richest cultural legacies. Wynne sketches Mississippi's development from primarily native settlements and wilderness to industry-driven cities; examines the importance of slavery and agriculture and the resulting devastation that followed the Civil War; and ...
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Overview

Beginning with the state's earliest settlers, Ben Wynne explores the paradox that is Mississippi-its rich soil and namesake river, yet its vulnerability to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. It is one of the US's poorest states, yet has one of the richest cultural legacies. Wynne sketches Mississippi's development from primarily native settlements and wilderness to industry-driven cities; examines the importance of slavery and agriculture and the resulting devastation that followed the Civil War; and follows the slow transition from segregation to equal rights marked by the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566566667
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: On the Road Histories Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,405,900
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     VIII
Introduction     IX
The Original Mississippians     1
Pre-History
Mississippi Tribes
European Intrusion
Explorers and Settlers, 1541-1798     15
Hernando de Soto
Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette
La Salle and Tonty French Settlement
Private Administration
Slavery in the Louisiana Colony
War with the Natives
British Dominion
The American Revolution
From Territory to State, 1798-1846     31
The Mississippi Territory
The Burr Conspiracy
The War of 1812
Statehood
Natchez and the Piney Woods
Politics and Sectional Rivalry
The Jacksonian Era Religion
Education
The Spread of Slavery and Changing Attitudes
The Crisis Years, 1846-1861     53
The Mexican War
Wilmot Proviso
Slavery and the 1850s John Brown and Harper's Ferry
The 1860 Presidential Election
The Secession Convention
The Civil War, 1861-1865     69
Organizing the Troops
Corinth and Shiloh
North Mississippi
Vicksburg Morale and the Home Front
Meridian
Nathan Bedford Forrest and Brice's Crossroads
The War's End
Reconstruction, 1865-1877     87
Early Reconstruction Efforts
Congressional Reconstruction Why Reconstruction Failed
Reconstruction Myths
Into the 20th Century, 1877-1945     101
The Redeemers
The Lost Cause
Changes in Agriculture The Populist Movement
The Rise of Jim Crow
The Turn of the Century World War I and the Great Depression
The1927 Flood The New Deal
World War II
Into the Modern Era, 1946-     121
The Post-War Economy
The "Dixiecrat" Revolt and Political Change
Brown v. Board of Education
James Meredith at Ole Miss The Early Civil Rights Movement
The Freedom Democracy Party Hurricane Camille
Change
Hurricane Katrina
Mississippi's Cultural Heritage     137
Musicians and Singers
Authors
Other Personalities with Mississippi Connections
Chronology of Major Events     154
Historical Societies     160
State Parks     164
Tourism Bureaus     166
Sources and Further Reading     170
Index of Place Names     176
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