Orig. pub. Chicago & Jackson 1925. Reprinted 1978. Print on Demand Edition 2013. The setAvailable by volume. Item #100
The result of years of laborious research by the gifted director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, this four-volume work was written to satisfy the need for a definitive narrative history based on original sources of information. Volumes I and II contain the historical narrative, beginning with the physical features of Mississippi, a description of the Indians, the European exploration, and early colonization. Chapters describe territorial administrations, statehood, leading figures in the state's early history, expansion, the war with Mexico, the War Between the States, Reconstruction, development into the twentieth century, Mississippi in World War I, education, industry, transportation, banks and finance, religion, the press, racial matters, and the counties of Mississippi. Volumes III and IV contain together over 1400 pages of biographical information on leading citizens. Information in the sketches includes: family background (parents, grandparents, birth places, family origins, original immigrants, etc.); professional, business, military, and fraternal affiliations; and information on spouses and children.