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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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Building the Collective “voice of Negro women in Mississippi”: The National Council of Negro Women in Mississippi in the 1960s and 1970s

by Rebecca Tuuri

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In November 1966, Noel Henry, wife of prominent Clarksdale NAACP leader Aaron Henry, sent her regrets to Dorothy Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). Height was organizing a workshop to draw black women leaders of all socioeconomic levels from around the state to Jackson to discuss how the NCNW could be most helpful to them. While Henry could not attend, she confirmed the value of bringing women, “regardless of status,” together. Furthermore, she emphasized that when this gathering of black Mississippi women convened, “it can be said, ‘This is the voice of Negro women in Mississippi.’” The NCNW sought to strengthen the collective voice of black women in Mississippi in the 1960s and 1970s. While some civil rights organizations like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee had left the Magnolia State by the mid-1960s, NCNW instead dramatically increased its statewide membership and programming in the late 1960s and 1970s.

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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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