[Mississippi History Newsletter Online.]

A MDAH Publication  |  Volume 45 No. 2  |  February 2003

New Books

Civil Rights Movement

In The Mule Train: A Journey of Hope Remembered, photographer Roland Freeman documents the Marks, Mississippi, delegation to the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign in which 1,500 people traveled to Washington, D.C. The Marks delegation was distinctive in that it traveled to Washington by mule-drawn wagons rather than the usual bus, car, or train. From Rutledge Hill Press, $14.95.

In Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights, by Robert P. Moses and Charles E. Cobb, Jr., "legendary civil rights organizer Moses tells a powerful and compelling story, paying tribute to a grassroots organizing tradition that is often ignored" (Julian Bond). From Beacon Press, $21.

In a Madhouse’s Din: Civil Rights Coverage by Mississippi’s Daily Press, 1948-1968, by Susan Weill, comprehensively examines civil rights coverage and white supremacist rhetoric during five key events. Nearly 5,000 issues of daily newspapers, more than 1,000 editorials, and 7,000 news articles are documented in this volume. From Greenwood Publishing Group, $67.95.

The Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South, edited by Ted Ownby, gathers important essays from nine scholars—in diverse field of history, English, and religion. From the Chancellor Porter L. Fortune Symposium in Southern History series, University Press of Mississippi, $46.00 cloth, $18.00 paper.

Deep Souths: Delta, Piedmont, and Sea Island Society in the Age of Segregation, by J. William Harris, examines the southern regions from Reconstruction to World War II: the Georgia Sea Islands and Atlantic Coast, the eastern piedmont of Georgia, and the Mississippi-Yazoo Delta. Stories of regional change emerge through compelling stories of individuals. From Johns Hopkins University Press, $55.95 cloth, $22.00 paper.

The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative, edited by Christopher Metress, retells Till’s story in a unique and daring way. Juxtaposing news accounts and investigative journalism with memoirs, poetry, and fiction. From University Press of Virginia, $59.50 cloth, $18.95 paper.

Antebellum/Civil War

Bathed in Blood: Hunting and Mastery in the Old South, by Nicolas W. Proctor, examines the hunt as an integral part of southern antebellum culture but also an effective venue for the demonstration of white supremacy. From University Press of Virginia, $45.00 cloth, $16.50 paper.

Charles B. Dew, in Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War, finds in an examination of the commissioners’ rhetoric a stark white supremacist ideology. From University Press of Virginia, $22.95 cloth.

Confederate Industry: Manufacturers and Quartermasters in the Civil War, by Harold S. Wilson, explains how the Civil War brought an end not only to slavery but also to the antebellum renaissance in southern manufacturing. By 1860, Wilson says, the South ranked high among the developed countries of the world in the number of railroad lines, telegraph lines, and institutions of higher learning. The Confederacy mobilized these resources through a quartermaster system, but "the Union systematically endeavored to destroy them," he writes. From University Press of Mississippi, $45.00 cloth.

The Sixteenth Mississippi Infantry: Civil War Letters and Reminiscences, compiled and edited by Robert G. Evans, is the story of an "average" Confederate unit made up of "ordinary" men that endured almost every significant battle in the eastern theater of the Civil War. From University Press of Mississippi, $40.00 cloth.


In Mississippi: An Illustrated History, Uuniversity of Southern Mississippi historian Charles Bolton updates and builds on a 1987 work by the late Edward N. Akin with numerous new photographs and a new chapter on "Modern Mississippi." Originally published by Windsor Press and co-sponsored by the Mississippi Historical Society, the state history had been out of print for years until the appearance of this new edition. From American Historical Press, $32.95.

Hubert H. McAlexander, in A Southern Tapestry: Marshall County, Mississippi, 1835-2000, tells the story of this county from the days of the Chickasaw. Written by a descendant of pioneer families of the area, the volume is the first comprehensive examination of the area and features over 200 carefully selected historical photographs. From the Donning Company Publishers, 800/ 369-2646, ext. 3231, $40.00 cloth.

The Oral History Manual, a step-by-step guide for anyone interested in oral history research, by Barbara Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan, is available from the American Association for State and Local History, tel. 800/ 462-6420, $70.00 cloth or $24.95 paper.

Photographer West Freeman and writer Jim Fraiser team up in The Majesty of the Mississippi Delta to celebrate the architecture of the Delta, from grand homes to simple structures housing blues clubs. From Pelican Publishing Company, $18.95.

Through interviews with colleagues, patients, and their descendants, Jane E. Marshall Brister has produced Doc: The Legacy of Dr. H. B. Cowart, South Mississippi Country Doctor, 1881-1970, a tribute to her grandfather who practiced medicine over the back roads of a tri-county area of the state for more than half a century. From Eakin Press, $21.95

History Bits About Canton and Madison County, Mississippi, by Jim Lacey, Jr., a compilation of interesting local history from the "de facto" historian of the area, is now available from the Canton-Madison County Historical Society, $30.00

Interpreting Historic House Museums collects advice from fourteen respected museum professionals regarding the need to look at familiar issues from new perspectives in order to meet the demands of an increasingly diverse public. From Altamira Press and AASLH, $70.00 cloth and $24.95 paper.

Charting Louisiana: Five Hundred Years of Maps is a forthcoming volume compiling 193 significant manuscript and printed maps from the extensive holdings of distinguished archives around the world. Includes annotations, selected readings, cartobibliography, and chapter illustrations. From Historic New Orleans Collection Shop, $80.00 before February 15, 2003, and $95 after. Call 504/598-7147 to order.


In One Writer’s Imagination: The Fiction of Eudora Welty, Suzanne Marrs, through an engaging comprehensive reading of the Welty canon, describes the ways Welty’s creative process transformed and transfigured fact to serve the purposes of fiction. Rare photographs are an additional treat. From Louisiana State University Press, $59.95 cloth, $24.95 paper.

In Shifting Interludes, collected essays spanning Willie Morris’s 40-year career eloquently demonstrate that his gifts extended not only to the novel and autobiography but also to the well-crafted short essay. From University of Mississippi Press, $28.00 cloth.

Conversations with Margaret Walker, edited by Maryemma Graham, range from a conversation with Nikki Giovanni to the MDAH interview by John Griffin Jones, and Walker’s topics range from botany to race relations to the writing process. From University Press of Mississippi, $46.00 cloth, $18.00 paper.


The Transformation of the Southeastern Indians, 1540-1760, co-edited by Robbie Ethridge, University of Mississippi, and Charles Hudson, University of Georgia, features essays by top scholars who provide perspectives on how this era shaped American Indian society for later generations and how it even affects these communities today. From University Press of Mississippi, $50.00 cloth.

The 1996 Excavations at the Batesville Mounds, by Jay K. Johnson, Gena M. Aleo, Rodney T. Stuart, report #32 in the MDAH Archaeological Reports Series, details results of careful excavations of this important mound site. From MDAH, $20.00 paper.

Elvis, on the 20th Anniversary of his Death

Elvis: A Celebration, Images of Elvis Presley from the Elvis Presley Archive at Graceland contains more than 600 photographs of Presley, from a blond six-year-old in Tupelo to a superstar of the 1970s. From DK Publishing, $50.00.

The Tao of Elvis, by psychiatrist David Rosen, explores Presley’s struggle to balance conflicting forces—the yin and the yang—of his life: poverty and wealth, sexuality and religious faith, an introvert/extrovert personality. From Harcourt, $12.00

Elvis Presley joins other famous individuals including the Buddha, Leonardo da Vinci, Marcel Proust, and others in the esteemed Penguin Lives series ("Great Writers on Great Figures"). Southern novelist Bobbie Ann Mason tackles the complex fellow southerner in Elvis Presley: A Penguin Life, from Viking Press, $19.95 paper.


Many of these books are available at the Old Capitol Shop. Call 601/359-6921 to order or to obtain ordering information.


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Published by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History • Elbert R. Hilliard, director • Chrissy Wilson, editor
Please send correspondence to: MHN, P.O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205 or email to pubinfo@mdah.state.ms.us