Mississippi

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Interlink Books, Mar 1, 2007 - Travel - 178 pages
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Beginning with the state's earliest settlers, Ben Wynne explores the paradox that is Mississippi--"its rich soil and namesake river, yet its vulnerability to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. It is one of the US's poorest states, yet has one of the richest cultural legacies. Wynne sketches Mississippi's development from primarily native settlements and wilderness to industry-driven cities; examines the Importance of slavery and agriculture and the resulting devastation that followed the Civil War; and follows the slow transition from segregation to equal rights marked by the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
  

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Contents

The Original Mississippians
1
Explorers and Settlers 15411798
15
From Territory to State 17981846
31
The Crisis Years 18461861
53
The Civil War 18611865
69
Reconstruction 18651877
87
Into the 20th Century 18771945
101
Into the Modern Era 1946
121
Mississippis Cultural Heritage
137
Chronology of Major Events
154
Historical Societies
160
State Parks
164
Tourism Bureaus
166
Sources and Further Reading
170
Index of Place Names
176
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About the author (2007)

Ben Wynne is assistant professor of History at Gainesville State College, and he is the author of Mississippi's Civil War (Mercer, 2006).