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America and the Civil War
America and the Civil WarVideo Clip (4:04)
Video Clip (4:04)
Discover how the bloodiest war in American history transformed the face of the nation.
The Union Siege of Vicksburg
The Union Siege of VicksburgVideo Clip (2:37)
Video Clip (2:37)
The heavily fortified city of Vicksburg is the gateway to the Mississippi River. To force surrender, Ulysses S. Grant holds the rebel forces under siege for six weeks.
BB King: Growing Up in Mississippi
BB King: Growing Up in MississippiVideo Clip (2:30)
Video Clip (2:30)
In this American History video, brought to you by the History Channel, musician BB King talks about growing up in a poor and segregated Mississippi. He then goes on to talk about how much the state has changed.
Hurricane KatrinaVideo Clip (2:31)
Video Clip (2:31)
This clip from "History Uncut" provides aerial video of New Orleans, taken from a news helicopter, shortly after Hurricane Katrina. This provides a unique perspective of the devastation that Katrina wreaked on the city.
Integration at Ole Miss
Integration at Ole MissVideo Clip (2:03)
Video Clip (2:03)
Newsreel footage of President Kennedy's address to the American people after the University of Alabama riots in 1962.
The Union Sends a Message
The Union Sends a MessageVideo Clip (3:00)
Video Clip (3:00)
1863 "Wallpaper Edition" of the Daily Citizen newspaper is created as resources is scarce during the Civil War.
The Abolitionist Movement
The Abolitionist MovementVideo Clip (3:26)
Video Clip (3:26)
In the decades before the Civil War, anti-slavery sentiment sparked an abolitionist movement that employed risky and radical tactics to bring an end to slavery.
Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.
Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.Video Clip (1:24)
Video Clip (1:24)
Thomas Jefferson pulls off the land deal of the millennium when he buys 800,000 square miles from the French, stretching from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains
President Grant's Road to Success
President Grant's Road to SuccessVideo Clip (2:35)
Video Clip (2:35)
Ulysses S. Grant overcomes a lifetime of failures to lead the Union Army to victory in the Civil War.
Origins of Slavery in America
Origins of Slavery in AmericaVideo Clip (3:01)
Video Clip (3:01)
In 1619, the Dutch introduced the first captured Africans to America, planting the seeds of a slavery system that evolved into a nightmare of abuse and cuelty that would ultimately divide the nation.
The Gettysburg Address: A New Declaration of Independence
The Gettysburg Address: A New Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (1:45)
Video Clip (1:45)
After the carnage at the Battle of Gettysburg, Lincoln reaffirms his commitment to achieving freedom for all.
Speeches & Audio (3)
Fannie Lou Hamer on Roots of Her Activism
Fannie Lou Hamer on Roots of Her ActivismAudio Clip (0:40)
Audio Clip (0:40)
Fannie Lou Hamer, who worked as a field organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to expand black voter registration, discusses her awakening to racial injustice.
Robert F. Kennedy Calls Governor of Mississippi
Robert F. Kennedy Calls Governor of MississippiAudio Clip (4:13)
Audio Clip (4:13)
On September 29, 1962, as measures are taken to safely transport James Meredith to the University of Mississippi where he will enroll in accordance with a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding desegregation of the institution, President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy make a series of phone calls to Gov. Ross Barnett who has openly defied the Court's ruling. Attorney General Kennedy gets exasperated when the governor shoots down his idea for crowd control.
John F. Kennedy Appeals to Mississippi Governor
John F. Kennedy Appeals to Mississippi GovernorAudio Clip (3:42)
Audio Clip (3:42)
After many unfruitful telephone conversations with Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett, President John F. Kennedy calls the governor one more time to discuss the building tension over James Meredith’s impending registration at the University of Mississippi. Though the governor has made clear his opposition to the Supreme Court order to allow Meredith to attend the school, President Kennedy tries to assess whether the governor will maintain law and order when Meredith arrives.
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Mississippi joined the union as the 20th state in 1817 and gets its name from the Mississippi River, which forms its western border.Go
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