Mississippi is best known for one of the world's longest riversthe Mississippi River. It also was an important state in the Civil War, and has been the home to some of the best Blues singers and well respected authors. Learn about the important history of the state including the Civil Rights Movement, the people and their backgrounds, the land and natural resources, the economy and commerce of the state, the government, the culture and lifestyles, and biographies of notable people. The text is well-written, concise, easy to follow, and keeps the reader's attention. Full color photos, drawings, black and white photos complement the text well. There is a timeline that compares state events with those that occurred in the larger United States. Additional features include a table of contents, various facts throughout the book, maps, charts, a list of books for further reading, Internet sites, and an index. The whole layout of the book helps to create the sense that the reader is visiting the state. It is a great addition for the classroom and school library and will assist in report writing, class projects, and/or study units. It is also an excellent choice for individuals, those who homeschool their children, and future geographers. A volume in the "World Almanac Library of the States" series. 2003, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.