Journal of Mississippi History

The Journal of Mississippi HistorySince 1939, the Journal of Mississippi History has been publishing lively and engaging articles by distinguished scholars on the history of the state, the Lower Mississippi Valley, and the South. Topics range from Native Americans and prehistoric archaeology to the Territorial years, from the Civil War to the civil rights movement. Many issues also contain book reviews and news of people and events in the Mississippi history community.

The journal is published by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in cooperation with the Mississippi Historical Society. Annual subscriptions begin at $35 for individuals/organizations. To submit an article for consideration, please contact Dennis Mitchell at Preferred manuscript length is 25-30 pages (double-spaced), exclusive of footnotes. Illustrationsphotographs, drawings, maps, tablesthat enhance the article should be included and placed in the text. The Chicago Manual of Style should be followed for grammar and formatting footnotes. Submissions are peer-reviewed to determine whether to accept for publication. 

Back issues of the journal are available from the Mississippi Museum Store. Recent issues are $7.50, and issues published before 2003 are $10 each. Orders may be placed by email or by telephone at (601) 576-6998.

Past issues of the Journal of Mississippi can be searched using the database “America: History and Life,” which is available in most research libraries. Simply type the title of the journal in one search bar and set its search field set to “SO Publication name” in the dropdown menu. Any additional search bars can be used to narrow searches within the journal by subject, year of interest, year of publication, author, and so forth.


Vol. 85, No. 3 and No. 4—Fall/Winter 2023

  • "Mississippi Ain’t What It Used to Be": The Tougaloo Nine and the Read-in at the Jackson Municipal Library by Mark Nevin
  • Mississippi and the Missouri Compromise by M. Philip Lucas

Vol. 85, No. 1 and No. 2—Spring/Summer 2023

  • Charcoal Burning in Mississippi: A Forgotten Industry by Thomas J. Straka
  • The Friars Point Coup and Aftermath: Historical Memory and Personal Character in the Era of Redemption by William R. Sutton
  • The Piazza Brothers: From Italian Immigrants to Industry Leaders in Mississippi, 1853-1914 by Shaun Stalzer

Vol. 84, No. 3 and No. 4—Fall/Winter 2022

  • Freedom to Resist: The Story of John Henry Sylvester and Strike City, Mississippi by Robert L. Reece
  • Obedience to the Law is not Liberty: The Poor People’s Campaign and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Marks, Mississippi by Jonathan Soucek
  • Fighting for Legitimacy: The Impact of Football and Stadium Expansion at the University of Southern Mississippi by Chad Seifried, J. Michael Martinez, John Miller, and Chris Croft

Vol. 84, No. 1 and No. 2—Spring/Summer 2022

  • The Mississippi Legislature Changes the Flag by Jere Nash
  • "We Live in the Future and Not the Past": Mississippi Chooses a New State Flag by Katie Blount

Vol. 83, No. 3 and No. 4—Fall/Winter 2021

  • "The One I Most Prized in Life": William T. Sherman and the Death of His Son by Terrance J. Winschel
  • The Menace: Fever, Pox, and Quarantine in the Hattiesburg Area: 1888-1918 by Andrew R. English
  • The Voice of Old Saratoga: A Revolutionary War Cannon in Natchez, Mississippi by Jeff Giambrone

Vol. 83, No. 1 and No. 2—Spring/Summer 2021

  • Medgar Wiley Evers Lecture on June 2 2014 by Bob Moses
  • Change Over Time: Mississippi's Civil War Historiography by Timothy B. Smith
  • Lecture on The History of the History of Reconstruction on February 7, 2017 by Nicholas Lemann
  • Writing the Wrongs of History? Mississippi, c. 1945-c. 1970 by George Lewis

Vol. 82, No. 3 and No. 4—Fall/Winter 2020

  • Photographic Documentation of Brierfield: “The House Jeff Built” by Gary McQuarrie and Brooks C. Place
  • Beeson Academy/Hattiesburg Prep: A History in Context by Stuart Levin
  • The Design and Dating of the Thomas Batchelor House at Beech Grove Plantation in Amite County by Douglas Lewis

Vol. 82, No. 1 and No. 2—Spring/Summer 2020

  • Centenary College of Brandon Springs: Mississippi’s First School of Medicine by Ralph Didlake, Sarah Hunter Didlake and Jennifer Rogers
  • Owen Cooper (1908-1986): Businessman, Devout Southern Baptist, and Racial Progressive by Charles M. Dollar
  • Nullification in Mississippi by Joel Sturgeon

Vol. 81, No. 3 and No. 4—Fall/Winter 2019

  • Lily Thompson and the Woman Suffrage Movement in Mississippi by Heather Kuzma
  • The Mississippi Legislature's Dominance over Budgeting Pre-Reform by Brian Pugh
  • Ole Miss's New Deal: Building White Democracy at the University of Mississippi,1933-1941 by Jack Carey

Vol. 81, No. 1 and No. 2—Spring/Summer 2019

  • Introduction by Charles C. Bolton
  • Edmund Favor Noel (1908-1912) and the Rise of James Vardaman and Theodore Bilbo by Jere Nash
  • Paul B. Johnson, Sr. (1940-1943), the New Deal, and the Battle for Free Textbooks in Mississippi by Kevin D. Greene
  • Race and Wartime Politics during the Administration of Governor Thomas L. Bailey (1944-1946) by Charles C. Bolton
  • Fielding L. Wright (1946-1952): Legacy of a White-Supremacist Progressive by James Patterson Smith
  • James P. Coleman (1956-1960) and Mississippi Poppycock by Robert Luckett
  • Master of Racial Myths & Massive Resistance: Governor Paul B. Johnson, Jr. (1964-1968) by Patricia Michelle Boyett
  • Cliff Finch (1976-1980) and the Limits of Racial Integration by Chris Danielson
  • Kirk Fordice (1992-2000): Cutting Against the Grain by Andy Taggart

Vol. 80, No. 3 and No. 4—Fall/Winter 2018

  • Catholics and the Meredith March in Mississippi by Mark Newman
  • The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou by Robert L. Durham
  • Southerners Divided: The Opposition of Mississippi Whigs to Texas Annexation during the Presidential Election of 1844 as Portrayed by The Republican of Woodville, Mississippi by Laura Ellyn Smith

Vol. 80, No. 1 and No. 2—Spring/Summer 2018

  • Introduction: How Did the Grant Material Come to Mississippi? by John F. Marszalek
  • “To Verify From the Records Every Statement of Fact Given”: The Story of the Creation of The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition by David S. Nolen and Louie P. Gallo
  • “I am Thinking Seriously of Going Home”: Mississippi’s Role in the Most Important Decision of Ulysses S. Grant’s Life by Timothy B. Smith
  • Applicability in the Modern Age: Ulysses S. Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign by Terrence J. Winschel
  • Hiram R. Revels, Ulysses S. Grant, Party Politics, and the Annexation of Santo Domingo by Ryan P. Semmes
  • Mississippi’s Most Unlikely Hero: Press Coverage of Ulysses S. Grant, 1863-1885 by Susannah J. Ural

Vol. 79, No. 3 and No. 4—Fall/Winter 2017

  • Death on a Summer Night: Faulkner at Byhalia by Jack D. Elliott, Jr. and Sidney W. Bondurant
  • The University of Mississippi, the Board of Trustees, Students, and Slavery: 1848–1860 by Elias J. Baker
  • William Leon Higgs: Mississippi Radical by Charles Dollar

Vol. 79, No. 1 and No. 2—Spring/Summer 2017 (vintage issue)

  • Introduction to Vintage Issue by Dennis J. Mitchell
  • Mississippi Reconstruction Convention of 1865 by Winbourne Magruder Drake (1959)
  • Mississippi Unionism: The Case of the Reverend James A. Lyon edited by John K. Bettersworth (1939)
  • Mississippi Confederate Leaders After the Civil War by William B. Hesseltine and Larry Gara (1951)
  • Logging and Rafting Timber in South Mississippi by Nollie W. Hickman (1957)

Vol. 78, No. 3 and No. 4—Fall/Winter 2016 (vintage issue)

  • Introduction to Vintage Issue by Dennis J. Mitchell
  • J.F.H. Claiborne at Laurel Wood Plantation, 1853-1870 (1956) by Herbert H. Lang
  • The Friendship of L.Q.C. Lamar and Jefferson Davis (1944) by Willie D. Halsell
  • Religion in Mississippi in 1860 (1960) by Margaret Deschamps Moore
  • Sol Street: Confederate Partisan Leader (1959) by Andrew Brown

Vol. 78, No. 1 and No. 2—Spring/Summer 2016 (vintage issue)

  • Mississippi 1817: A Sociological and Economic Analysis (1967) by W. B. Hamilton
  • Protestantism in the Mississippi Territory (1967) by Margaret DesChamps Moore
  • The Narrative of John Hutchins (1958) by John Q. Anderson
  • Tockshish (1951) by Dawson A. Phelps

Vol. 77, No. 3 and No. 4—Fall/Winter 2015

  • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field and Ole Miss: 100 Years of in the Making by Chad S. Seifried and Milorad M. Novicevic
  • A Celebration 100 Years in the Making: The Modernization of Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field from 1914 to 2014 by Adam G. Pfleegor and Chad S. Seifried
  • The Gulf South Tung Industry: A Commodity History by Whitney Adrienne Snow

Vol. 77, No. 1 and No. 2—Spring/Summer 2015

  • Florence Latimer Mars:  A Courageous Voice Against Racial Injustice in Neshoba County, Mississippi (1923-2006) by Charles M. Dollar
  • White-Collared White Supremacists:  The Mississippi Citizens’ Councils and the Origins of Rightwing Media by Ian Davis
  • Richard Nixon, Mississippi, and the Political Transformation of the South by Justin P. Coffey 
  • Equity Law Consequences upon the Mississippi Married Women’s Property Act of 1839 by Cameron Fields

Vol. 76, No. 3 and No. 4—Fall/Winter 2014

  • Dignity in Life and Death: Undertaker Clarie Collins Harvey and Black Women’s Entrepreneurial Activism by Crystal R. Sanders
  • A Constitutional Enigma: Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Mississippi Plan by Joel Stanford Hays
  • Militias, Manhood, and Citizenship in Reconstruction Mississippi, 1868-1875 by Jacob S. Clawson
  • Violently Amorous: The Jackson Advocate, The Atlanta Daily World, and The Limits Of Syndication by Thomas Aiello

Vol. 76, No. 1 and No. 2 —Spring/Summer 2014  

  • Ross Collins and the Incunabula by Martha Swain
  • Otto Karl Wiesenburg: A Racial Moderate Who Helped Crack the Walls of the Mississippi “Closed Society” by Charles M. Dollar
  • The Legacy of the Child Development Group of Mississippi: White Opposition to Head Start in Mississippi, 1965–1972 by Emma Folwell
  • The Legacy of the Builder: Joseph T. Jones and the Development of Gulfport, Mississippi by Reagan Grimsley

Vol. 75, No. 4—Winter 2013:  Civil War Special Issue

  • Introduction by Michael B. Ballard
  • Wrong Job, Wrong Place: John C. Pemberton’s Civil War by Michael B. Ballard
  • The Naval War in Mississippi by Gary D. Joiner
  • Ulysses S. Grant and the Strategy of Camaraderie by John F. Marszalek
  • Newt Knight and the Free State of Jones: Myth, Memory,and Imagination by Victoria E. Bynum
  • “How Does It All Sum Up?”: The Significance of the Iuka-Corinth Campaign by Timothy B. Smith
  • From Brice’s Crossroads to Grierson’s Raid: The Struggle for North Mississippi by Stewart Bennett
  • Unionism in Civil War North Mississippi by Thomas D. Cockrell
  • “Successful in an eminent degree”: Sherman’s 1864 Meridian Expedition by Jim Woodrick
  • “The Colored Troops Fought Like Tigers”: Black Mississippians in the Union Army, 1863–1866 by Jeff T. Giambrone
  • A Soldier’s Legacy: William T. Rigby and the Establishment of Vicksburg National Military Park by Terrence J. Winschel

Journal of Mississippi History 
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