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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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Mississippi's Forgotten Soldiers: Women in the Ranks during the Civil War

by Shelby Harriel

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Mississippi’s Civil War chronicle includes such notable generals as Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Joseph E. Johnston, and John C. Pemberton, as well as the thousands of common men they commanded. Surprisingly, an untold number of daring women joined them on battlefields across the state, even though societal standards of the time forbade them to do so.

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The Citizens' Council

by Stephanie R. Rolph, PhD

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In May 1954, the United States Supreme Court announced in a unanimous decision that segregation—the practice of separating black and white students, by law, within the public school system—was unconstitutional. That decision, Brown v. Board of Education, set into motion decades of organized, white opposition in southern states that had, since the 1890s, enforced laws to ensure that black students and white students would not attend the same schools. The Citizens’ Council was the most recognizable organization committed to opposing the implementation of this court decision, and its presence in Mississippi ensured that desegregation would be difficult to enforce. Over the course of its existence, its work initiated the private school movement across the South and forged national and international networks of white supremacy that would deeply influence the political and cultural landscape of post-civil rights America.

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