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Mississippi History Now
Welcome to Mississippi History Now, the award-winning electronic publication that offers a wide variety of essays on the history of Mississippi, covering the periods from prehistory through the 20th century. Launched in 2000, Mississippi History Now has appeal for the history lover, the student, and for the general reader with a lively curiosity. History teachers will welcome the lesson plans that accompany each essay.
by William Sturkey
The 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer was perhaps the most ambitious extended campaign of the entire Civil Rights Movement. Over the course of roughly two months, more than 1,000 volunteers arrived in Mississippi to help draw media attention to the state’s black freedom movement, to register African American voters, and to teach in Freedom Schools that were established to supplement the inferior educational opportunities provided to black youths in the state’s public schools.Read more
Joseph Emory Davis: A Mississippi Planter Patriarch
by Lynda Lasswell Crist
Joseph Emory Davis (December 10, 1784-September 18, 1870), a noted attorney and planter, the mentor and oldest brother of Jefferson Davis, was born in Wilkes County, Georgia, the first child of Samuel Emory Davis, a Revolutionary War veteran, and Jane Cook Davis .Read more
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