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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.

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Joseph Emory Davis: A Mississippi Planter Patriarch

by Lynda Lasswell Crist

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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 .

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The Clinton Riot of 1875: From Riot to Massacre

by Melissa Janczewski Jones

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While this incident became more commonly known as the “Clinton Riot,” newspaper reporters and other eyewitnesses often referred to it as the “Clinton Massacre.” The purpose of this article is to bring greater awareness to this little known, but terribly important event in Mississippi history.

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