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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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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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A Choctaw Chief and a Spanish Governor: Franchimastabé and Manuel Gayoso de Lemos

by Charles A. Weeks

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In early 1791, a significant dispute brought together the leaders of two very different cultures in colonial Mississippi. The dispute centered on a place that the Spanish called “Nogales” --- a name derived from the Spanish word nogal (walnut tree). Today, we know the site as Vicksburg.” Read more

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