|State of Mississippi|
|Governor||Tate Reeves (R)|
|Time zone||Central Standard Time (UTC−6)|
|Joined||10 december 1817|
Mississippi is one of the states of the United States. The standard abbreviation for the “Magnolia State,” as its nickname goes, is MS. The capital is Jackson.
The name Mississippi means “great water” in either the Ojibwa language or a related Algonkian language.
The area that now forms the state of Mississippi was originally settled by Native American tribes. Mississippi became the 20th state of the United States on December 10, 1817.
Mississippi, which had many slaves, sided with the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
After the Civil War, Mississippi was a Democrat stronghold. A rift in that stronghold emerged in 1948, as Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and South Carolina supported the candidacy of Strom Thurmond, a proponent of segregation.
The battle between the southern states and the federal capital Washington moved to Mississippi at the beginning of the 1962-63 school year, where the university refused to enroll black James Meredith. President Kennedy sent troops to force entry for Meredith. Martin Luther King referred to this in the famous speech I Have a Dream he delivered on August 28, 1963. In it he said, among other things: “I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice”. (Translation: “I dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, stifled by the heat of injustice and oppression, will be an oasis of freedom and justice.”) Also featured in the movie In the Heat of the Night from 1967 Mississippi gets off to a bad start.
The state of Mississippi covers more than 125,000 km², of which 121,606 km² is land. The state belongs to the Central time zone.
Mississippi is located on the Gulf of Mexico and is bordered to the north by the state of Tennessee, to the west by Arkansas and Louisiana, to the east by Alabama.
The main river is the Mississippi, which defines the entire western border. The state is quite flat; the highest point is the summit of Woodall Mountain (246 m).
Black Creek in De Soto National Forest
Mississippi has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are long and winters short and mild. In July the temperature averages 28 °C, in January an average of 9 °C.
Demography and Economics
Stately home in Natchez
According to TRACKAAH, Mississippi had 2.9 million inhabitants with an average density of 23 inhabitants per km². The largest city is capital Jackson.
In 2006, the state’s gross domestic product was $84 billion. Mississippi’s per capita income is the lowest in the United States. On the other hand, the cost of living is also the lowest.
According to COUNTRYAAH, Mississippi is divided into 82 counties.
1 July, 2007
1 July, 2007
|Hancock||39.687||Bay St. Louis||8202|
The executive branch of the state is headed by a governor, who is directly elected by the voters in the state. The 2019 governor election was won by Republican Party Tate Reeves. He took office as governor of Mississippi in January 2020. Between 2012 and 2020, Reeves served as Lieutenant Governor under his predecessor Phil Bryant.
The legislature is made up of the Mississippi House of Representatives (Mississippi House of Representatives) with 122 members and the Mississippi State Senate with 52 members.
Flag of Mississippi, 1896-2020 (2:3 ratio).
- Because Mississippi has a bad reputation in many areas and ranks lowest in many surveys of all states, such as education level or life expectancy, the saying ” Thank God for Mississippi ” has come into vogue. When one is confronted with a low ranking in another state, one can indicate with this sentence that it is actually not that bad because fortunately there is still one state that is in worse position.
- In the trouser top of the old Mississippi state flag is the Confederation emblem. On June 9, 2020, the state Senate and House of Representatives decided to remove the decal. A committee was set up to come up with five proposals for a new flag by September 14, 2020. Two of these were submitted to voters in a referendum held at the same time as the November 3, 2020 presidential election. With a majority of 73% they chose the so -called New Magnolia flag as the new flag of this state.