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Since Mississippi was declared the 20th state of the union in 1822 it has gone through many different changes good as well as bad. Just like every other place on earth the history of this state was affected by economic changes, events, and civil rights activists to mold it from the state it was then to the state it is today. The first major change to the state of Mississippi’s economy came with The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833.” Since cotton was the state’s main cash crop during that time slaves were a very important part of a farmer/plantation owner’s way of life as well as the economy of Mississippi. Without slaves a farmer had no way to harvest the large cotton fields and plantations with very few laborers willing to meet the very high physical demands of working on a cotton plantation slavery was very desirable for large landowners. But when Abraham Lincoln was elected president Southerners were sure Lincoln planned to free all the slaves so Southern Radicals called for the South to secede from the rest of the United States And on Jan. 9, 1861 Mississippi seceded and the state was in the midst of Civil War. Modern Mississippi no longer is a slave economy. “The American Civil War was a long and bloody war which transformed Mississippi into a bloody battlefield and took the lives of an estimated three and a half million men over a four year long war fought from 1861 to 1865.” There have been many big influential civil rights activists to accredit to the cultural changes pertaining to the African American struggle for equality, voting, segregation, and against Jim Crow laws in Mississippi. The most influential African American civil rights activists/event in my opinion happened when three civil rights activists who were m... ... middle of paper ... ...es. “We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills and the winding streams with tangled growth, as 'wild'. Only to the white man was nature a 'wilderness' and only to him was the land 'infested' with 'wild' animals and 'savage' people. To us it was home. Earth was beautiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery." - Chief Standing River of the Lakota” (Goodreads.com) ― Paul Goble, Dream Wolf References: http://www.edmastery.com/nlrstandard/itemAssets/New%20Learning%20Resources%5Cquittmeyer13%5Cquittmeyer13_2013-06-04_12-27-08PM_Mississippi%20Studies-Mississippi%27s%20First%20Occupants.pdf http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/native-american http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Mississippi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_civil_rights_workers'_murders

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