Tag: Mississippi

Snapshot: The Land, 2018

Snapshot: The Land, 2018

Timothy Ivy

For this short “Snapshot” feature, photographers selected one of their photographs and wrote a short reflection on what it shows us about the ever-shifting relationship between people and place in the South.

The Making of Appalachian Mississippi

The Making of Appalachian Mississippi

Justin Randolph

In October 1967, Mississippi joined the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a Great Society program that distributed federal money to local governments across mountainous states like West Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. There’s just one problem: Mississippi lacks mountains. This article explores how segregationist Southern Democrats came together with northern liberals to reimagine and remap Mississippi as a place not reeling from the legacies of plantation slavery but merely suffering from a lack of economic development. I argue that this movement to invent “Appalachian Mississippi” countered the liberal War on Poverty’s economic empowerment of rural Black communities and tapped into larger currents of color-blind popular music. In considering the first hit song from a native of Appalachian Mississippi, Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe,” this article suggests that popular culture resonated with political intrigue to redistribute American wealth through the South’s white powerbrokers.

Taking Our First Steps

Taking Our First Steps

Patricia Crosby
Refuge

Refuge

Houston Cofield
Remembering Ida, Ida Remembering

Remembering Ida, Ida Remembering

Beth Kruse, Rhondalyn K. Peairs, Jodi Skipper, and Shennette Garrett-Scott
Makeshifting

Makeshifting

Kimber Thomas, with illustrations by Hudd Byard

Drawing on oral history interviews, Kimber Thomas examines the resilient creativity of Black women in the Crossroads community of the Mississippi Delta during Jim Crow. Using material objects like Prince Albert tins and brown paper bags, the women defined freedom for themselves in the absence of sociopolitical freedom.

Snapshot: Burning Fields, Parchman Farm, Mississippi, 2016

Snapshot: Burning Fields, Parchman Farm, Mississippi, 2016

Jeremy M. Lange
The Grey Gardens of the South

The Grey Gardens of the South

Karen Cox
The People of Jackson Are Ready

The People of Jackson Are Ready

Chokwe Antar Lumumba
“Life Gets Heavy”

“Life Gets Heavy”

Clay Motley
Can A Gas Station Remember A Murder?

Can A Gas Station Remember A Murder?

Dave Tell
Handiwork: A Postscript from The South in Color

Handiwork: A Postscript from The South in Color

William R. Ferris