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The Mississippi Encyclopedia

The Mississippi Encyclopedia

Edited by Ted Ownby, Charles Reagan Wilson, Ann J. Abadie, Odie Lindsey, and James G. Thomas Jr.
Hardcover : 9781628466928, 1600 pages, 294 b&w illustrations, May 2017

An A-to-Z compendium of people, places, and events in Mississippi from prehistoric times to today


Recipient of the 2018 Special Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and Recipient of a 2018 Heritage Award for Education from the Mississippi Heritage Trust

The perfect book for every Mississippian who cares about the state, this is a mammoth collaboration in which thirty subject editors suggested topics, over seven hundred scholars wrote entries, and countless individuals made suggestions. The volume will appeal to anyone who wants to know more about Mississippi and the people who call it home. The book will be especially helpful to students, teachers, and scholars researching, writing about, or otherwise discovering the state, past and present.

The volume contains entries on every county, every governor, and numerous musicians, writers, artists, and activists. Each entry provides an authoritative but accessible introduction to the topic discussed. The Mississippi Encyclopedia also features long essays on agriculture, archaeology, the civil rights movement, the Civil War, drama, education, the environment, ethnicity, fiction, folklife, foodways, geography, industry and industrial workers, law, medicine, music, myths and representations, Native Americans, nonfiction, poetry, politics and government, the press, religion, social and economic history, sports, and visual art. It includes solid, clear information in a single volume, offering with clarity and scholarship a breadth of topics unavailable anywhere else. This book also includes many surprises readers can only find by browsing.


"At 1,451 pages and nearly 9 pounds, The Mississippi Encyclopedia is something to behold. "

- M. Scott Morris, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

"[The editors'] approach is sound, their choices are judicious, the quality is consistent, and the scholarship is impressive. The Mississippi Encyclopedia is a significant scholarly statement about where a southern state is—politically, intellectually, and culturally—at the first decades of a new century. "

- Journal of Southern History