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By Works Progress Administration, Robert S. McElvaine

Mississippi: The WPA consultant to the Magnolia nation, was once a part of a national sequence of publications within the Thirties that created paintings in the course of the melancholy for artists, writers, lecturers, librarians, and different execs. This vintage ebook is a full of life collaborative undertaking that covers a special period in Mississippi from the hills to the Delta to the Gulf Coast. Even at the present time this advisor is a fascinating examine the Magnolia nation and contains using excursions that includes a number of the state's treasures.

alongside those previous roads, the guts of Mississippi involves lifestyles. The advisor explores Deep South folkways, frontier hamlets, vanishing homesteads, burgeoning groups, and the neighborhood issues of delight. In a manner that maybe might by no means be duplicated, those authors seize kingdom history, painting the attempting financial structures and demanding situations Mississippi confronted, and trace of a revolution in roadways and in mobility for its electorate. An advent by means of Robert S. McElvaine areas this old quantity in a contemporary context.

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Here, living in as "old English" a style as their upland cousins of the Georgia and Carolina Piedmont, is a group of hill-born and hill-bred farmers who are fiercely independent, and who insistently retain the early Anglo-Saxon and Scotch-Irish WHAT IS M I S S I S S I P P I ? 7 characteristics that their great-grandparents brought to the section. Housed in compact "dog-trot" homes perched on steep hillsides, these people, like those of the Piney Woods, have always been the yeomen— the non-slave owners—of the State, possessed of an inherited distrust of the planter and of the aristocratic system that great plantations breed.

Yet, his greatest joys, getting religion and being baptized, are free. For him religion is something more than a code of conduct with doctrinal points on righteous living. Like his song, it is the released stream of his MAMMY GLASPER pent-up emotions, the channel through which he floats to higher ground. Also, like his song, it is unconcious art, primarily sensuous and shot through with voodooism. For weeks prior to the annual "protracted meet- 24 MISSISSIPPI: THE G E N E R A L BACKGROUND ing," he fasts and prays and works himself into a state of feeling that will make the church services highly exhilarating and weirdly African.

So great was her hold on her followers that they said she was "sanctified" and they called her the Good Shepherd. " They say, she once announced that on a certain day she would walk on the waters of the Yalobusha River. She secretly laid some planks on uprights, just below the muddy surface of the stream. But on the appointed day, her slowly moving feet discovered that the planks had been removed. Horrified at the thought of drowning, but confident of her power, she turned slowly to face the crowd.

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