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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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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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Minnie Geddings Cox and the Indianola Affair, 1902-1904

by Shennette Garrett-Scott

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In January 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt refused to accept the resignation of Minnie Geddings Cox, postmistress for the city of Indianola and Mississippi’s first African American postmistress. Roosevelt subsequently closed Indianola’s post office, and it remained closed for more than a year. The newspapers called the incident the “Indianola Affair.”

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