Today, Mississippi’s flag represents the last official state flag in the United States containing the Confederate battle flag. In light of escalating debates over the contemporary relevance of Confederate symbols and historical memory, the Mississippi state flag remains a controversial topic.
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.
The widespread suffering caused by the Great Depression rendered religious agencies in Mississippi unable to help those in need during the 1930s. As President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal took effect, state religious leaders held mixed emotions and opinions concerning the program’s success in the state.