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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Understanding Mississippi - The US Explained


How did a little state that rests alongside the banks of a mighty river make so many contributions to American letters and literature? "There's so much that you can learn about the world, and I would say about this country, from studying what Mississippi writers have done and written about this place, which I think telescopes onto our larger national issues, and even some of our larger international ones."

Its name derives from a Native American word meaning “great waters” or “father of waters.” Mississippi is known for having some of the best music, tamales, and coasts around. Mississippi is a diverse state filled with a wide variety of tourist attractions and destinations. Jackson is its best-known city, home of the state capital and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Tupelo is a smaller city but draws tourists who want to visit the two-room house where Elvis Presley was born.

Mississippi is overlooked and underrated; however, the state actually has a lot to offer. The poverty rate in Mississippi is 51.56% higher than the US average. In Mississippi, an estimated 19.4% of 2,861,627 people live in poverty. In the United States, 12.8% of 324,173,084 people live in poverty. Mississippi is very cheap because it is not an attractive state. Buying or renting a house in Mississippi is cheap thanks to the vast amount of land and the reputation of the state.

Mississippi is also known for its history, such as its involvement in the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement, and for its strong cultural heritage like Delta Blues music.

The Flag of Mississippi has undergone more transformation than most state flags. Mississippi (and specifically the town of Belzoni in Humphreys County) is known as the “Catfish Capital of the United States” because it dominates the farm-raised catfish industry. 

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