Secession in Mississippi

These lesson plans examine secession as a process, not a moment. They help students explore white Mississippians' reaction to the state’s potential (and later actual) departure from the union and the opinions they shared with their governor that reveal their priorities, their beliefs, and their hopes for the future.

Lesson Plans

Grade 4

Grade 8

Grade 9

Further Reading

For further reading, see The Mississippi Encyclopedia for related entries, including: "Secessionist Movement" and "States' Rights"


Drew Gardner is the Curator of Education at the Two Mississippi Museums. Prior to that, he spent seven years in education, the last four years teaching elementary and middle school history at The Redeemer's School in Jackson, MS. Currently, Gardner is pursuing his Master's of Arts in History at Jackson State University where his research focuses on the intersectionality of race and religion in Mississippi. He's published lesson plans for Mississippi History Now.