Since you have time to search about Georgia and Mississippi, you might take time to search about these:

1. At the same time, Gov. Purdue (hardly a blatant pro-Confederate) signed a proclamation honoring "Ten Cent Bill" Yopp. Yopp’s descendants came from all over the country for the signing. Yopp was a slave who went to war with his master, but after the war used his influence to get funds for Confederates living in the Confederate Soldiers Home in Atlanta. He generally raised $10 for each each Christmas — about $50-60 currently, or purchasing power of $100. When he got too old to work, he joined his comrades at the Confederate Soldiers Home, and when he died, he was buried in the Confederate Cemetery in Marietta. Note: It was not the "white" Confederate Soldiers Home nor the "white" Confederate Cemetery — they were for the Confederate vets, which Yopp was. At his funeral the Governor of Georgia was a pallbearer. The proclamation in on the Web.

2. The setting aside of Confederate Memorial Day in Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, is each year by resolution introduced by a black woman. Same for 2008. There is a parade in downtown Marietta to the Confederate Cemetery — complete with Confederate battle flags. [Everybody panic!!!] This information is also available on the Web.

3. After WWII it was still cheaper to send produce/products from Chicago to Atlanta than Atlanta to Chicago. You might like to look up the reasons why. Start with Georgia Gov. Ellis Arnall’s comments.

4. Finally, why — 44 years later — does the Voting Rights Act only apply to the South? We have black mayors in Birmingham and Atlanta, elected a black governor in Virginia, have black Congresswomen across the South, etc., yet we have a discriminatory "rights" act applied to us. Most of the people this Act supposedly applied to have since died of old age, yet the Act lingers on. Does this mean Reconstruction is still in effect?

You might want to learn about those in your spare time.

John Whatley