The Mississippi encyclopedia includes over 1,600 entries, 1,451 pages, and features more than 700 scholars who wrote entries on every county and governor of the U.S. state Mississippi. Numerous articles are devoted to musicians, writers, artists, activists and so on. The Mississippi encyclopedia also features long essays on agriculture, archaeology, the civil rights movement, the Civil War, drama, education, the environment, ethnicity, fiction, folklife, foodways, geography, industry and industrial workers, law, medicine, music, myths and representations, Native Americans, nonfiction, poetry, politics and government, the press, religion, social and economic history, sports, and visual art.
The book will be especially helpful to students, teachers, and scholars researching, writing about, or otherwise discovering the state, past and present.
The project was primarily a collaboration between the University Press of Mississippi and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.