One Mississippi, two Mississippis: … “Black people are so forgiving,” she said, “and so willing to look for the good in people, that I think they just thought white people would [go to the polls] and do the right thing.”

Seventy-five years after the Civil War, novelist William Faulkner captured revisionism’s powerful grip on the Southern mind. Colonel Sartoris, a character in several Faulkner novels and short stories, is asked why he fought for the Confederacy. Sartoris replies simply: “Damned if I ever did know.”

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