In his sweeping coverage of the Mississippi story - from prehistoric times to the present day - Professor Busbee 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 unfavourably 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.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments IX Chapter One. Mississippi: The Name and the Place 1 Chapter Two. Two Worlds Collide: Spanish Explorers and American Indians 9 Chapter Three. French Colonies 23 Chapter Four. The British Period, 1763-1781 37 Chapter Five. Spanish Rule, 1781-1798 45 Chapter Six. The Territorial Period, 1798-1817 54 Chapter Seven. The New State, 1817-1832 69 Chapter Eight. Antebellum Politics 89 Chapter Nine. Antebellum Life 100 Chapter Ten. Mounting Sectional Strife 119 Chapter Eleven. Secession and Civil War 130 Chapter Twelve. Reconstruction in Mississippi 148 Chapter Thirteen. Bourbons and Populists 164 Chapter Fourteen. Into the Twentieth Century: Economic and Social Trends 182 Chapter Fifteen. Progressive "Rednecks" 198 Chapter Sixteen. A New Era, The 1920s 211 Chapter Seventeen. The Depression Years 226 Chapter Eighteen. A Rich Cultural Heritage 238 Chapter Nineteen. The World War II Era 257 Chapter Twenty. The Fifties 270 Chapter Twenty-One. Religious Life 284 Chapter Twenty-Two. The Second Reconstruction 296 Chapter Twenty-Three. Times of Transition 316 Chapter Twenty-Four. The Social Environment 336 Chapter Twenty-Five. Recent Political Trends 351 Chapter Twenty-Six. Tumultuous Trends in Education 367 Chapter Twenty-Seven Recent Economic Trends 387 Epilogue 408 Selected Bibliography of Mississippi History 411 Appendix I. European Rulers with Relation to Mississippi during the Colonial and Territorial Periods 417 Appendix II. Members of the U.S. Congress, 1817-1861 421 Appendix III. Mississippi Symbols and Facts 427 Appendix IV. Total Population, 1800-2000 428 Appendix V. Racial Population Changes 1800-2000 429 Appendix VI. Racial Composition of Population, 2000 430 Index. 431
Westley F. Busbee Jr. , whose Mississippi ancestors predate statehood, was born and raised in Meridian. A graduate of Rhodes College, he earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Alabama. Since 1968 Dr. Busbee has chaired the Department of History and Political Science and the Division of Humanities at Belhaven College, where he has also taught courses in Mississippi history for more than thirty-five years. Among other professional associations, Dr. Busbee is a member of the Mississippi Historical Society and the Southern Historical Association. He and his wife Carol reside in Rankin County and are the proud parents of three and grandparents of seven.