Mississippi Secrets (Google eBook)

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iUniverse, Jun 19, 2007 - History
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Delve into the fascinating history of one of the South's greatest states with "Mississippi Secrets: Facts, Legends, and Folklore." Authors Dr. Gary D. and Ruth A. McDowell offer an intriguing collection of little-known events in Mississippi's history.

Written in short, easy-to-read vignettes, these tales uncover some of the state's most fascinating figures and legends from how the Choctaws and Chickasaws settled the land to a UFO encounter in Pascagoula. You'll also read about famous Mississippians, the American Civil War, the 1960s Civil Rights movement, living in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, and other captivating tales that include:

The U.S. president who stole another man's wife, brought her to Mississippi, and married her before she was divorced
The pirate who helped win the Battle of New Orleans and then retired to Bay St. Louis
The national hero who killed a man in a knife fight in Natchez
The blues singer who sold his soul to the devil in Clarksdale in return for his talent
An interview with James Meredith

Whether you're a native of Mississippi or simply curious, "Mississippi Secrets" will capture your imagination with what the history books never tell you!

  

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Contents

Chapter One Mississippi Indians and European Explorers
1
Chapter Two The Devils Backbone A Short History of Outlaws on the Natchez Trace
17
Chapter Three A Short Biography of Andrew Jackson Man for Whom Mississippis Capital Was Named
29
Chapter Four A Short Biography of Jim Bowie and His Famous Knife Fight in Natchez
45
Chapter Five A Summary of the Civil War in Mississippi
65
Chapter Six A Short Biography of Holt Collier a Black Confederate Soldier and the Original Teddy Bear
93
Chapter Seven The Emmett Till Story The Murder of a 14 Year Old
101
Chapter Eight James Meredith Interview With a Modern Day Hero
113
Chapter Nine Mississippi Miscellaneous
125
Chapter Ten Mississippi Hauntings Ghosts Witches and UFOs
143
Chapter Eleven Famous Mississippians
157
Chapter Twelve KatrinaTheWorst Natural Disaster to Ever Hit the United States Ruths Personal Story
177
Afterword
201
Bibliography
203
Index
207
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