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Your Heritage Will Still RemainRacial Identity and Mississippi's Lost Cause$
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Michael J. Goleman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496812049

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496812049.001.0001

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“Thy Bright Sun Will Rise Again”

“Thy Bright Sun Will Rise Again”

(p.93) “Thy Bright Sun Will Rise Again”
Your Heritage Will Still Remain

Michael J. Goleman

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the concerted efforts of conservatives within Mississippi to “redeem” their state from Republican Rule. Conservative Mississippians were unwilling to accept the prevailing social order that allowed blacks citizenship. Conservative Mississippians wished to restore a sense of identity that venerated both their American and Confederate heritage based on the principles of a white supremacist social order. In redeeming their state, conservative Mississippians wished to strip blacks of their place within the political and social spheres and did so through violence and intimidation. As conservative Mississippians overturned the basic tenets of Congressional Reconstruction, they sought to re-establish their place within the national narrative resulting in the eventual creation of the Lost Cause legend. As conservative Mississippians reasserted control over the state, black Mississippians found their new identity as American citizens put into jeopardy.

Keywords:   Redemption, Lost Cause legend, Black identity, White supremacy, Conservative Mississippians

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