Mississippi: A History

Mississippi: A History

Mississippi: A History

Mississippi: A History

Synopsis

We are especially proud to announce the publication of Mississippi: A History, the first textbook ever published specifically for use in college-level courses in Mississippi history.

In his sweeping coverage of the Mississippi story-from prehistoric times to the present day- Dr. Westley F. Busbee, Jr., deftly combines narrative and topical chapters to address major political, economic, social, and cultural developments. Having taught Mississippi history in college classes for more than thirty years, Dr. Busbee approaches this unflinching account by asking why Mississippi-with its rich natural and human resources-continues to compare unfavorably with other states in such critical areas as per capita income, adult literacy, and public health. "How and why," he asks, "did all of us who call Mississippi home get where we are? What past mistakes might we hope to correct and what innovative approaches might we take to enhance the future of the state?"

The book seeks answers to these meaningful questions through a careful assimilation of information gleaned from a multitude of secondary and primary sources. It also includes original maps and tables as well as a multitude of photographs, selected sources by chapter, a Selected Bibliography of Mississippi History, a series of appendices, and a full subject index. In sum, this innovative survey provides a great new resource for all instructors of Mississippi history, a common base of information for students pursuing knowledge and meaning in the study of their state's past, and a comprehensive and engaging read for anyone interested in knowing more about the fascinating history of the Magnolia State.

Excerpt

As the twenty-first century begins to unfold, observers express contrasting opinions about the future of Mississippi. Optimists point out that the state's natural and human resources combined with recent educational and economic advances will contribute to a new progressive era. Pessimists counter that the state remains at or near the bottom of the fifty states in several important categories, including per capita income, adult literacy, and public health—and that lingering racial discord dampens hopes for real progress. While neither side is completely right, a competent assessment of future prospects requires a good understanding of the past. How and why did all of us who call Mississippi home get where we are? What past mistakes might we hope to correct and what innovative approaches might we take to enhance the state's future? These questions are addressed in the pages that follow.

This text, the first survey history of Mississippi ever developed for the undergraduate reader, is an assimilation of information gleaned from a multitude of sources, both secondary works—including journal articles, textbooks, biographies, and monographs—and primary sources—including government documents, newspapers, diaries, personal papers, interviews, and business records and reports. Except for the chapters dealing with the final decades of the twentieth century, which contain the findings of considerable original research, this text relies primarily on a careful examination of existing studies of Mississippi history. Years in development, this book features original maps and tables as well as a number of photographs, selected sources by chapter, a selected bibliography of Mississippi history (useful for anyone wishing to research further any aspect of our state's past), an appendix, and a full subject index. While all these features are intended to enhance the reader's experience, the central purpose of this book is to recount and interpret Mississippi history at a level appropriate for advanced students.

After many years of teaching Mississippi history at the college level with no appropriate textbook available, I decided to try to fill that void, to meet my own and my students' needs and, hopefully, those of other instructors and students. While the assignment of selected readings in various and diverse sources remains a desirable method of instruction, this book provides a common base of information for students pursuing knowledge and meaning in the study of their state's past.

Because so many people have encouraged and assisted me during the long process of preparing this text, I refrain from an attempt to catalog a long list of names. Such a compilation would include many colleagues and students at Belhaven College, numerous other persons interested in Mississippi history, professional . . .

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