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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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Jefferson Davis Soldier Home - Beauvoir

by Lisa C. Foster and Susannah J. Ural

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On December 10, 1903, the Jefferson Davis Soldier Home – Beauvoir opened in Biloxi, Mississippi. Over the course of fifty-four years, more than 1,800 Confederate veterans, wives, and widows called Beauvoir home. Mississippi’s Confederate home was one of the few to welcome female residents, to have a female superintendent, and to have female members serve on its board of directors.

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Sarah Dickey: Indomitable Mississippi Educator

by Walter G. Howell

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During Reconstruction, one of the most turbulent periods for race relations in the state’s history, Sarah Ann Dickey, a white female teacher from Ohio, became a pioneer by providing education to newly freed slaves in Mississippi. Dickey worked tirelessly and determinedly to improve the lives of the most vulnerable population group in the state, African American women and children.

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