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A New History of Mississippi
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Creating the first comprehensive narrative of Mississippi since the bicentennial history was published in 1976, Dennis J. Mitchell recounts the vibrant and turbulent history of a Deep South state. The author has condensed the massive scholarship produced since that time into an appealing narrative, which incorporates people missing from many previous histories including American Indians, women, African Americans, and a diversity of other minority groups. This is the story of a place and its people, history makers and ordinary citizens alike. Mississippi's rich flora and fauna are also central to the story, which follows both natural and man-made destruction and the major efforts to restore and defend rare untouched areas.

Hernando De Soto, Sieur d'Iberville, Ferdinand Claiborne, Thomas Hinds, Aaron Burr, Greenwood LeFlore, Joseph Davis, Nathan Bedford Forrest, James D. Lynch, James K. Vardaman, Mary Grace Quackenbos, Ida B. Wells, William Alexander Percy, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, John Grisham, Jack Reed, William F. Winter, Jim Barksdale, Richard Howorth, Christopher Epps, and too many more to list--this book covers a vast and rich legacy.

From the rise and fall of American Indian culture to the advent of Mississippi's world-renowned literary, artistic, and scientific contributions, Mitchell vividly brings to life the individuals and institutions that have created a fascinating and diverse state.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-2
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  1. Geographical Introduction: The Place
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Chapter One: Rise and Fall of Indian Culture
  2. pp. 7-26
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  1. Chapter Two: Frontier and Borderland
  2. pp. 27-49
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  1. Chapter Three: Mississippi Territory
  2. pp. 50-81
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  1. Chapter Four: Frontier Democracy to Slave Society
  2. pp. 82-115
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  1. Chapter Five: Cotton Kingdom
  2. pp. 116-153
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  1. Chapter Six: Civil War: Disaster and Freedom
  2. pp. 154-184
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  1. Chapter Seven; Reconstruction: War by Other Means
  2. pp. 185-216
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  1. Chapter Eight: Redemption and Black Subjection
  2. pp. 217-245
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  1. Chapter Nine: Attempted Revolt of the Rednecks
  2. pp. 246-279
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  1. Chapter Ten: Segregation: Red, Yellow, Black, and White
  2. pp. 280-305
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  1. Chapter Eleven: War, Depression, and Environmental Restoration
  2. pp. 306-348
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  1. Chapter Twelve: World War II, Economic Improvement, and Social Confusion
  2. pp. 249-378
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  1. Chapter Thirteen: A Closed Society’s Response to Challenge
  2. pp. 379-410
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  1. Chapter Fourteen: The Civil Rights Movement and White Defiance
  2. pp. 411-473
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  1. Chapter Fifteen: Mississippi and the Modern World
  2. pp. 474-534
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 535-546
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 547-582
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 583-593
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