Mississippi: The WPA Guide to the Magnolia State


A classic picture of bygone days and foregone ways
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A classic picture of bygone days and foregone ways
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604732924
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 577
  • Sales rank: 1,407,967
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The U.S. agency created in the 1930s to provide work during the Depression for artists, writers, teachers, librarians, and other professionals.

Robert S. McElvaine is chair of the history department at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He is also the author or editor of a number of books on history and American culture.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Robert S. McElvaine vii

Foreword Harry L. Hopkins, Administrator xiii

Preface, By the State Director and State Editor xv

List of Illustrations xxi

List of Maps xxv

Notations on the Use of the Book xxvii

General Information xxix

Calendar of Events xxxiii

I Mississippi: The General Background

Mississippi Past and Present

What Is Mississippi? 3

White Folkways 8

Negro Folkways 22

Before the White Man Came

Natural Setting 31

Archeology and Indians 45

The State in the Making

An Outline of Four Centuries 60

Transportation 79

Agriculture 92

Industry and Commerce 106

Religion 112

Education 118

The Press 128

The Creative Effort

Arts and Letters 134

Architecture 142

Music 157

II Main Street and Courthouse Square

(City and Town Descriptions and City Tours)

Biloxi 165

Columbus 179

Greenwood 189

Gulfport 194

Holly Springs 200

Jackson 208

Laurel 222

Meridian 227

Natchez 233

Oxford 254

Tupelo 261

Vicksburg 266

III Tours

Tour 1 (Mobile, Ala.)-Biloxi-Gulfport- (New Orleans, La.). [U.S. 90] 285

1A Gulfport to Ship Island 303

2 (Livingston, Ala.)-Meridian-Jackson-Vicksburg-(Monroe, La.). [U.S. 80] 304

3 (Memphis, Tenn.)-Clarksdale-Vicksburg-Natchez-(Baton Rouge, La.). [U.S. 61]

Section a Tennessee Line to Vicksburg 315

Section b Vicksburg to Louisiana Line 324

3A Clarksdale-Greenville-Rolling Fork. [STATE I] 346

3B Woodville-Fort Adams, Fort Adams Road 358

4 (Jackson, Tenn.)-Corinth-Tupelo-Columbus-Meridian-Waynesboro-(Mobile, Ala.). [U.S. 45] 361

4A Shannon-West Point-Macon. [State 23, State 25] 373

4B Shuqualak-Meridian. [State 39] 377

5 (Memphis,Tenn.)-Grenada-Jackson-Brookhaven-McComb-(New Orleans, La.). [U.S. 51]

Section a Tennessee Line to Jackson 380

Section b Jackson to Louisiana Line 391

6 (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)-Columbus-Winona-Greenwood-Greenville-(Lake Village, Ark.). [U.S. 82] 397

7 Clarksdale-Indianola-Yazoo City-Jackson-Hattiesburg-Gulfport. [U.S. 49, U.S. 49W]

Section a Clarksdale to Jackson 406

Section b Jackson to Gulfport 414

7A Tutwiler-Greenwood-Lexington-Pickens. [U.S. 49E, State 12] 420

8 (Livingston, Ala.)-Meridian-Laurel-Hattiesburg-Picayune-Santa Rosa-(New Orleans, La.). [U.S. 11] 423

9 (Hamilton, Ala.)-Tupelo-New Albany-Holly Springs-(Memphis, Tenn.). [U.S. 78] 434

10 (Florence, Ala.)-Iuka-Corinth-Walnut-Slayden-(Memphis, Tenn.). [U.S. 72] 441

11 Waynesboro-Laurel-Brookhaven-Washington-(Ferraday, La.). [U.S. 84] 447

12 (Bolivar, Tenn.)-Pontotoc-Bay Springs-Laurel-Lucedale-(Mobile, Ala.). [STATE 15] 456

12A Springville-Calhoun City-Ackerman. [STATE 9] 471

13 Junction with STATE 63-Hattiesburg-Columbia-McComb-Woodville. [STATE 24] 475

14 (Winfield, Ala.)-Amory-Tupelo-Oxford-Clarksdale. [STATE 6] 484

15 Waynesboro-Leakesville-Lucedale-Moss Point. [STATE 63] 490

16 Vaiden-Kosciusko-Carthage-Raleigh-Junction with U.S. 84. [STATE 35] 493

17 (Pickwick, Tenn.)-Iuka-Fulton-Amory-Junction with U.S. 45. [STATE 25] 500

Chronology 509

Bibliography 523

Index 531

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