How black and white Mississippians strove to define themselves and restrain each other
Your Heritage Will Still Remain details
how Mississippians, black and white,
constructed their social identity
in the aftermath of the crises that
transformed the state beginning with
the sectional conflict and ending in
the late nineteenth century. Michael
J. Goleman focuses primarily on how
Mississippians thought of their place: as
Americans, as Confederates, or as both.
In the midst of secession, white Mississippians held firm to
an American identity and easily transformed it into a Confederate
identity venerating their version of American heritage. After the
war, black Mississippians tried to etch their place within the Union
and as part of transformed American society. Yet they continually
faced white supremacist hatred and backlash. During Reconstruction,
radical transformations within the state forced all Mississippians
to embrace, deny, or rethink their standing within the Union.
Tracing the evolution of Mississippians' social identity
from 1850 through the end of the century uncovers why white
Mississippians felt the need to create the Lost Cause legend.
With personal letters, diaries and journals, newspaper editorials,
traveler's accounts, memoirs, reminiscences, and personal histories
as its sources, Your Heritage Will Still Remain offers insights into
the white creation of Mississippi's Lost Cause and into the battle
for black social identity. It goes on to show how these cultural
hallmarks continue to impact the state even now.
Michael J. Goleman, Somerset, Kentucky, earned his PhD
in United States history from Mississippi State University with
specializations in southern history and agricultural, rural, and
environmental history. He currently teaches at Somerset
192 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, bibliography, index