For information concerning the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, click here
|A portion of the Mississippi
River, showing its many present and past meanderings, oxbows and channels,
from the work of Harold Fisk, Geographical Investigations of the
Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi, 1944.
|For information on the Mississippi Geographic Alliance, click here.||Click here for the portfolio of the 2009 workshop.||
For information about past and future NEH Landmarks Workshop,
click the link below.
The Most Southern Place on Earth Workshops,
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Check out what happened On This Day in Delta Heritage.
To see our newest Blues project, supported by The History Channel, visit www.birthplaceoftheblues.com.
For information about service learning and volunteerism in the Delta, visit The Office of Student and Community Engagement. To see the 2009 Gear Up Camp portfolio, click here. For the portfolio and lesson plans from our most recent Levee Board Workshop, click here.
For information on current classes, tours, and other items of interest, see the bottom of the page.
For information about The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, click on the link.
For information concerning Po' Monkey's Lounge, one of the last rural jooks, click on the link.
|The River bore the alluvial plain that is the Mississippi Delta, and the Delta bore fruit.......|
|The Blues, Faulkner, Welty, Wright, Civil Rights, The Great Flood, Bogues and Bayous, Plantations, The Great Migration, Soul Food, King Cotton, The Levee, Agribusiness, Catfish, Gospel, Immigrants' Stories, Highway 61, Quilts, Segregation, Integration, Freedom Songs, Freedom Summer, Folk Tales, Swamp Forests, Hunt Clubs, Oral Histories, and surprisingly, hot tamales.........|
|The Mississippi Delta has
a mystique of mythological proportions.
was virgin wilderness and swamp at the turn of the twentieth century,
cleared for cotton and plantation life by the 1930's, dominated by
politically powerful gentleman planters, peopled by Black sharecroppers,
Italian immigrants, Chinese, Lebanese and Jewish merchants. It is the
source of "The Great Migration" north, and thus the home of the
African American populations of many Northern cities, like Chicago and
Detroit. It is the home of the Blues, Gospel, soul food, the civil rights
movement. It was home to Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright,
Clifton Taulbert, Shelby Foote, and Hodding Carter. It is where Teddy
Roosevelt saved the original "Teddy Bear," and where Elvis
Presley learned to dance and sing and drive a Cadillac. It is the land
where Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson wrote the lyrics that eventually
made the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton famous.
The Delta is the American story, shrunk in time and space.Faulkner said it was "deswamped and denuded and derivered in two generations." Shelby Foote claimed that one could see "a hundred years of history in twenty years in the Delta," and James Cobb wrote "When it comes to history, the Delta was clearly a region in a hurry."
Analysts from Howard Zinn to James Cobb have claimed that the Delta is the South's South, a place where American traits and experience are revealed with blinding clarity. Students of contemporary American culture will not find a better place to explore American history and culture in the field.
"Citizens kept ignorant of their history are robbed of the riches of their heritage."Bruce Cole, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
|Twelve Essays and some video links about the Mississippi Delta||Information about the THREE R's of the MISSISSIPPI DELTA: ROADS, RIVERS AND RAILWAYS||
A Delta State University Course (Spring 2007)
|Exploring the Delta: The next class is not currently scheduled||Tourism Training for The Alluvian Hotel (an old link)||
2013 Blues festivals in Mississippi
Birthplace of America's Music: a workshop
June 17-23, 2007
|A Bibliography of the Delta||History
and Culture of the Mississippi Delta
A Delta State University Course
for events that happened on this date in Delta Heritage
Click Here for the most recent Blues Highway Association News
For a comprehensive listing of Blues activities and opportunities in the Delta, visit CatHead.biz and MississippiDeltaBluesInfo.com. For general information about the Delta, see www.visitthedelta.com.
And please visit the Mississippi Blues Commission for information on the developing Blues Heritage Trail.
This site was last updated on April 25, 2013. For further information, contact Luther Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org