The River bore the alluvial plain that is the Mississippi Delta, and the Delta bore fruit.......

The Blues, Welty, Wright, Williams, Civil War and Civil Rights, The Great Flood, Bogues and Bayous, Plantations, The Great Migration, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Soul Food, King Cotton, The River, Precision Agriculture, Catfish, Gospel, Immigrants' Stories, Highway 61, Segregation, Integration, Share Cropping, Freedom Songs, Freedom Summer, Folk Tales, Swamp Forests, Hunting Clubs, and surprisingly, hot tamale

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(photo of Dockery Farms) Credit: Andy Ellis

Cotton was King

Huge plantations staffed by sharecroppers and field hands produced great wealth for few and lives of desperation for many.

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Credit:  Wanda Clark

"I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired"

Segregated and disenfranchised, the Delta’s black majority demanded equal rights and overturned the status quo in a decades long struggle.

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Credit: Suili Yi

The Land Where the Blues Began

One of America’s first distinctive musical forms, The Blues grew out of the cotton fields and gave rise to rock’n’roll, rhythm and blues, and jazz.

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Credit Delta Magazine

The Last Frontier

Ninety percent wilderness at the end of the Civil War, the Delta drew emancipated slaves, new immigrants, and wealthy investors.

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Mississippi River Commission 1883

The River Created the Delta

One of the world’s greatest rivers carpeted the Delta with rich alluvium, making it a haven for wildlife and ideal for agriculture.

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