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Mississippi History Now
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.
Free People of Color in Colonial Natchez (1700-1798)
by Christian Pinnen
Free people of color were a part of Natchez’s history from the very beginning. Their story is closely linked to French dreams of imperial wealth, British nightmares of governing a too far-flung American empire, and Spanish illusions of creating a colony in the lower Mississippi Valley.Read more
The Truth About the Boll Weevil
by James C. Giesen
Early twentieth century Delta planters believed that the best way to defend their cotton from the boll weevil was to protect their place on top of the racial and social ladder in the region.Read more
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