Mississippi Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Abby Federico

Abby has taught elementary special education and has her master's degree in this area.

This lesson gives facts about the state of Mississippi. You will learn a brief history, and explore the state symbols, famous people from Mississippi, and the best attractions in Mississippi.

Trivia Facts!

Did you know that the state of Mississippi was home to Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, and Brett Favre? It also has the fourth longest river in the world! If you'd like to learn more, keep reading.

Short History

The area that we know as the state of Mississippi was first inhabited by ancient early cultures and Native Americans. When European settlers arrived, it was first claimed by the Spanish, but eventually settled by the French. After the French and Indian War, the British took control of the land. The Americans then won the land from the British after the Revolutionary War, and Mississippi eventually became the 20th state.

During the American Civil War, Mississippi seceded from, or left, the Union and joined the Confederacy. They joined the southern states because they believed that they needed slavery to remain legal in order to continue to grow their cotton. But the Union won the Civil War and slavery was outlawed. After the war, Mississippi was allowed to rejoin the Union when they changed their state constitution to say that former slaves were now allowed to vote.

Racial problems were not over for Mississippi, however. Mississippi was an area greatly affected by the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, in which African Americans fought for equal rights and to end discrimination and segregation, or the separation of blacks and whites.

Mississippi is also home to the famous Mississippi River, which is the fourth longest river in the world. The river begins in Minnesota and ends at the Gulf of Mexico, either passing through or bordering a total of 10 states!

State of Mississippi

Symbols of the State

The capital of Mississippi is Jackson, and its nickname is the 'Magnolia State.' Mississippi also has a state motto, 'virtute es armis,' which means 'by valor and arms.' Both the state tree and state flower are the magnolia, and the state bird is the mockingbird.

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