This chapter describes the consequences of the actions of the Mississippi Secession Convention's delegates, which led to Mississippi's secession from the Union. The immediate effect of secession was a horrible war that left Mississippi a torn and wasted land in 1865. Yet Mississippians quickly began to rebuild, partly due to the efforts of the very men who had led the state into secession. Aided by a very lenient initial policy during the Reconstruction period, the delegates quickly accepted pardons from the Lincoln government and began rebuilding the state along the same racially slanted societal construct in effect before the war. Over the following decades, most of these secession leaders grew to love the United States again, taking their part in its government and society. Even Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who grew up in Mississippi, changed his stance and supported the Union.
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