Dr. Phillip Carroll Morgan
Title: Old Culture in the South: American Indians of Mississippi and Alabama. Synopsis: This talk illuminates important relationships between settlers and Indigenous people in Mississippi and Alabama before and after 1817. This historical perspective refutes the oversimplified idea of a white world in conflict with an Indian world and asserts that such a neat dichotomy never existed, and, in fact, each ethnicity shared experiences in one-and-the-same perplexingly modern world.
Title: The Creek War and the Split of the Mississippi Territory. Synopsis: This PowerPoint presentation will provide an overview of the Creek War, discussing its causes, participants, and the battles themselves. The subsequent Treaty of Fort Jackson will be explained and its relationship to the split of the territory.
Jack D. Elliott, Jr.
Title: The Upper Tombigbee River and the Birth of the State of Mississippi.
Synopsis: When the state of Mississippi was established in 1817 it included a small area on the Upper Tombigbee River that had just been ceded to the U.S. by the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations. In 1816 everyone knew that this was part of the Mississippi Territory, but for a few years after 1817 no one knew whether it was part of the state of Mississippi or the newly founded Alabama territory.
Title: More or Less Arbitrary: The Location of the Alabama-Mississippi Border. Synopsis: Have you ever wondered how the boundary between Alabama and Mississippi came to be? The story of the contentious debate over the border's placement offers a fascinating glimpse into the political, economic, and demographic realities of the region in the first decades of the nineteenth century.
March 3, 2017 marks the 200th Anniversary of the separation of the Territory of Alabama from the Mississippi Territory
Moderator: Dr. John M. Giggie, Director of The Francis S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South at Univeristy of Alabama Introductions: Dr. Jonathon Hooks, Assistant Professor of History at Mississippi University for Women
Sponsored by the Billups-Garth Foundation; MUW Deptartment of History, Political Science & Geography; Mississippi Humanities Council; Mississippi Development Authority; AL Bicentennial Commission; Alabama Heritage and The Francis S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South at the University of Alabama.