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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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Burnita Shelton Matthews: Suffragist, Feminist, and Judicial Pioneer

by Kathanne W. Greene

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In 1949, President Harry S. Truman nominated Burnita Shelton Matthews to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She became the first woman
ever appointed to a federal trial court and only the second woman ever
appointed to a federal constitutional court.

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Archie Manning: The Story and Significance of a Mississippi Icon

by Charles Westmoreland, Jr.

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During a time when many Americans viewed Mississippi as the nation’s bastion of racism, violence, and poverty, Archie Manning’s rising football career as quarterback for the Ole Miss Rebels’ in the late 1960s and early 1970s provided Mississippi with a symbol of success and pride. Nearly fifty years after “Archie Fever” swept through the state, the lanky, red-headed boy from Drew, Mississippi, remains one of the state’s most renowned figures.

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