Until this year, people who wanted to live here had to win not just more votes than their opponents, but more state legislative districts too.
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Since 1890, Mississippi has required candidates for statewide office to win not only more votes than opponents across the whole state, but also in every legislative district.
A clapper rail with a fiddler crab in its bill.
Birds found along the Gulf Coast have evolved to ride out hurricanes and tropical storms. But with development degrading the marshes where they live, it's getting harder for them to bounce back.
Breaking down COVID-19 data into demographic groups helps scientists learn more about the virus.
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Getting the real answers on health gaps requires a deep dive into the demographics.
A demolished miniature golf course in Biloxi, Miss., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Sept. 15, 2005.
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After the news media move on from a major disaster site, rebuilding continues for years.
Vice President Joe Biden enters a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio on March 10.
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With the race for the Democratic nomination narrowed to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, six more states went to the polls on March 10. We asked three scholars to interpret the results.
A lawsuit alleges that the way Mississippi will elect its governor on Tuesday is racist.
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A Mississippi law that allegedly makes it 'more difficult for African-
American-preferred candidates to win elections' will still be in place when voters choose a new governor Tuesday.
The Mississippi House of Representatives can choose the winner of a gubernatorial election under certain circumstances.
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Electing a governor in Mississippi requires more than just a majority vote. That election law came about during a time of racist and anti-democratic voting laws meant to entrench ruling parties.
People waited outside the Supreme Court in 2013 to listen to the Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder voting rights case.
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When no one in Mississippi wins a majority of votes in an election, the legislature chooses the winner. This has led to white men winning over and over.
The U.S. Census struggles to accurately count the number of children under 5.
In 2010, approximately 1 million children under the age of 5 were not counted in the census. That meant less state funding for critical services like Early Head Start and SNAP.
Some say Till’s body was dumped from the Old Black Bayou Bridge in Glendora, Mississippi. Others dispute this detail.
Scholars continue to debate what, exactly, happened to Emmett Till the morning of his murder. But that hasn't stopped a poor Mississippi community from trying to profit off one version of the story.
Louisiana’s refineries require the kind of oil Venezuela produces to operate properly.
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It will be hard and complicated to replace Venezuela's heavy sour crude.
Civil rights organizations have sued Georgia’s Republican secretary of state for failing to register 53,000 new voters, most of them black.
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Georgia's secretary of state has stalled voter registrations and accused Democrats of hacking. His tactics recall past efforts in the South to suppress black votes, from poll taxes to literacy tests
Anne Moody penned her memoir at the urging of baseball great Jackie Robinson.
Does Anne Moody's memoir represent how far we've come as a society. Or is it a stark reminder of how far we need to go?
A poster on the wall of the International Centre for Sexual Reproductive Rights, an NGO based in Minna, Nigeria.
The story of how Nigeria and Mississippi implemented comprehensive sexual education programs despite local opposition offers important lessons about how to boost adolescent sexual health.
Shoppers browsing vegetables at a farmers market.
Why are people from some states so much healthier than others? Despite what you may hear, it's not just about genetics or poor choices.
The Boss canceled a concert in North Carolina.
Georgia State law scholar looks to the Constitution for limits.
Trump after learning of his victories in Michigan and Mississippi.
Trump's momentum is unchecked by establishment critics, Sanders surprises in Michigan and other key takeaways from the voting on March 8.
In order to support his young family, William Faulkner took a job shoveling coal at a power plant on Ole Miss’s campus.
Slated to be demolished this year, a crumbling brick building on Ole Miss' campus once operated as a power plant where novelist William Faulkner shoveled coal – and feverishly wrote.
Reason to smile: far fewer children are growing up in poverty in tropical regions of the world than 30 years ago.
Our Tropical Future: A new report on the State of the Tropics has revealed rapid changes in human and environmental health in the Earth’s tropical regions. This is the second in a four-part series about…