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Perhaps more than any other state, Mississippi represents the Deep South. It’s a land of sweltering summers and soul food, paddlewheelers and the Mississippi Delta. It throbs to a different beat as the birthplace of the Blues — arguably the root of all American music — and the birthplace of Elvis, B.B. King, Oprah Winfrey and literary greats such as Eudora Welty and William Faulkner.

It’s also a place with a rich but troubled history. Slaves toiled in cotton fields here, and the Civil War saw some of its bloodiest battles in the state. This is also the place where some of the ugliest violence against the Civil Rights Movement ...

Perhaps more than any other state, Mississippi represents the Deep South. It’s a land of sweltering summers and soul food, paddlewheelers and the Mississippi Delta. It throbs to a different beat as the birthplace of the Blues — arguably the root of all American music — and the birthplace of Elvis, B.B. King, Oprah Winfrey and literary greats such as Eudora Welty and William Faulkner.

It’s also a place with a rich but troubled history. Slaves toiled in cotton fields here, and the Civil War saw some of its bloodiest battles in the state. This is also the place where some of the ugliest violence against the Civil Rights Movement occurred. But Mississippi is developing a new mindset, trying to create a gentler, happier history.

The state has several worthwhile attractions including Oxford, a sophisticated literary town; the Mississippi Delta, where many Blues legends started wailing and never stopped; the Gulf Coast, where casinos and shrimp boats line the white sand beaches. Vicksburg has important Civil War sites and the Vicksburg National Cemetery. Plantations offer a glimpse of the past and antebellum mansions are now B&Bs. And the state’s 150 golf courses draw avid golfers, especially to the high-profile courses on the Gulf Coast.

Debra Landau
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Debra Landau has written eight Lonely Planet guidebooks, including books on the USA, Caribbean, and the South.

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  • Location: Mississippi is a state located in the Deep South of the United States. The state's name comes from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western boundary
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