Speaking of Mississippi Podcast

Speaking of Mississippi features interviews with authors and experts about the state’s landmark moments and overlooked stories. In the first season, we explore the 1878 Yellow Fever epidemic, the Civil War siege of Jackson, the Grand Army of the Republic in Mississippi, the desegregation of the capital city’s public swimming pools, the local history documentaries of Wilma Mosley Clopton, and the Jackson State shootings of 1970. The podcast is made possible by support from the John and Lucy Shackelford Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for Mississippi.

Community Foundation of Mississippi - The John and Lucy Shackleford Fund

S1.6 - The Jackson State Shootings with Nancy Bristow

In this episode we talk with Nancy Bristow, author of Steeped in the Blood of Racism: Black Power, Law and Order, and the 1970 Shootings at Jackson State College, which won the Mississippi Historical Society’s prize for best book of 2020. Bristow is distinguished professor of history at the University of Puget Sound.

Nancy Bristow
S1.5 - Mississippi's Union Veterans with Jeff Giambrone

In this episode we talk with Jeff Giambrone about the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization for Union veterans that was conceived of in Mississippi. Giambrone is a reference librarian and the author of four books, including a regimental history of the 38th Mississippi Infantry and an illustrated guide to the Vicksburg Campaign and National Military Park.

Jeff Giambrone
S1.4 - The Documentary Films of Wilma Mosley Clopton

In this episode we talk with Wilma Mosley Clopton about the people, places, and events that have been the focus of her short documentary films—things like an early southern bus boycott, Black Civil War soldiers, and a 13-year-old Freedom Rider. Clopton’s body of work to date includes twelve films, four books, and one play.

Wilma Mosley Clopton
S1.3 - Desegregating Public Pools with Randall Kennedy

In this episode we talk with Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy about the legal case that resulted when the segregated public swimming pools in Mississippi’s capital city were shut down rather than integrated. Kennedy clerked for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and was awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law.

Randall Kennedy
S1.2 - Siege of Jackson with Jim Woodrick

In this episode we talk with Jim Woodrick, author of The Civil War Siege of Jackson, Mississippi. That often-overlooked action was an essential component of Gen. Ulysses Grant's Vicksburg Campaign, one of the most significant engagements of the U.S. Civil War. Woodrick is a battlefield guide at the Vicksburg National Military Park and former deputy state historic preservation officer for the State of Mississippi.

Jim Woodrick
S1.1 - Yellow Fever with Deanne Stephens

In this episode, we talk with Deanne Stephens, the author of Plague among the Magnolias: The 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Mississippi. Stephens is a professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi and a faculty member with their Center for the Study of the Gulf South. 

Deanne Stephens, Author of Plague Among the Magnolias

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