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"Against All Odds" tells the stories of the first African American men - over 150 in all - to serve as Mississippi's state and national legislators. Features photographs, short biographies, quoted excerpts from primary and secondary sources, and almost 1000 fully transcribed and cross-linked newspaper clippings and other documents. This is an ongoing research project.

Subjects or Themes

African American, Mississippi, Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)

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Content Type

Images, Text

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DeeDee Baldwin



Host Institution / Affiliation / Project Location

Mississippi State University

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Labor and Support

The site represents many months of searching records and newspapers, saving and uploading newspaper clippings to both Wordpress and the library's Omeka mirror site, transcribing every newspaper clipping, cross-linking names, writing biographical information, adding metadata to the Omeka site, etc.

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Partnerships, funding sources, or grant-funding acknowledgement

The site is also available as an Omeka digital exhibit for Mississippi State University Libraries (