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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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Antebellum Mississippi

by Max Grivno

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By 1840, the natives had been driven west of the Mississippi River, and the state had emerged as the nation’s leading cotton producer, forging a political culture that epitomized the Age of Jackson.

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Free People of Color in Colonial Natchez (1700-1798)

by Christian Pinnen

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Free people of color were a part of Natchez’s history from the very beginning. Their story is closely linked to French dreams of imperial wealth, British nightmares of governing a too far-flung American empire, and Spanish illusions of creating a colony in the lower Mississippi Valley.

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