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A New History of Mississippi

A New History of Mississippi

by Dennis J. MitchellDennis J. Mitchell
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Creating the first comprehensive narrative of Mississippi since the bicentennial history was published in 1976, Dennis J. Mitchell recounts the vibrant and turbulent history of a Deep South state. The author has condensed the massive scholarship produced since that time into an appealing narrative, which incorporates people missing from many previous histories including American Indians, women, African Americans, and a diversity of other minority groups. This is the story of a place and its people, history makers and ordinary citizens alike. Mississippi's rich flora and fauna are also central to the story, which follows both natural and man-made destruction and the major efforts to restore and defend rare untouched areas.

Hernando De Soto, Sieur d'Iberville, Ferdinand Claiborne, Thomas Hinds, Aaron Burr, Greenwood LeFlore, Joseph Davis, Nathan Bedford Forrest, James D. Lynch, James K. Vardaman, Mary Grace Quackenbos, Ida B. Wells, William Alexander Percy, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, John Grisham, Jack Reed, William F. Winter, Jim Barksdale, Richard Howorth, Christopher Epps, and too many more to list—this book covers a vast and rich legacy.

From the rise and fall of American Indian culture to the advent of Mississippi's world-renowned literary, artistic, and scientific contributions, Mitchell vividly brings to life the individuals and institutions that have created a fascinating and diverse state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617039768
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 06/01/2014
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Dennis J. Mitchell is head of the division of arts and sciences and professor of history at Mississippi State University at Meridian. He is the author of A Rich Past, A Vibrant Future: The History & Renovation of the Marks Rothenberg and Grand Opera House Buildings; Mississippi Liberal: A Biography of Frank E. Smith; and Mississippi: Portrait of an American State; among others.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Geographical Introduction: The Place 3

Chapter 1 Rise and Fall of Indian Culture 7

Chapter 2 Frontier and Borderland 27

Chapter 3 Mississippi Territory 50

Chapter 4 Frontier Democracy to Slave Society 82

Chapter 5 Cotton Kingdom 116

Chapter 6 Civil War: Disaster and Freedom 154

Chapter 7 Reconstruction: War by Other Means 185

Chapter 8 Redemption and Black Subjection 217

Chapter 9 Attempted Revolt of the Rednecks 246

Chapter 10 Segregation: Red, Yellow, Black, and White 280

Chapter 11 War, Depression, and Environmental Restoration 306

Chapter 12 World War II, Economic Improvement, and Social Confusion 349

Chapter 13 A Closed Society's Response to Challenge 378

Chapter 14 The Civil Rights Movement and White Defiance 411

Chapter 15 Mississippi and the Modern World 474

Further Reading 535

Bibliography 547

Index 583

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