States of the Union: Mississippi

Friday, March 07, 2008

Mississippi has the second highest unemployment rate in the country and the lowest median income. We find out how the national economic downturn is affecting the Magnolia State as it continues to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Also: we look to the state’s March 11 primary, and the special election in November to fill retired Senator Trent Lott’s seat. Sid Salter is a Perspective Editor for the Jackson, MS Clarion Ledger.

States of the Union fact of the week: Mississippi was the last state to repeal prohibition in 1966, and this is the state that gave us William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams and quite a few other hard-drinking writers.


Sid Salter

Comments [1]

Mitchell Wright from brooklyn

I think it would be an amazing moment if Mississippi not only gave their Democratic delegates to the Obama campaign, but was able to cast a vote for an African American in the general election. I am from the state and remember years ago when there was a vote to remove the Confederate flag from the state flag. Unfortunately it was defeated and Mississippi still remains under the shadow of racism.
Mississippi economic problems can surely be tied to this flag issue. I would love to see us as Mississippians finally erase this.

Mar. 07 2008 12:58 PM

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