Hattiesburg in the Present

  • Sandra E. Adickes


When I drove north from the New Orleans International Airport in the spring of 2004, I was mindful of the great contrast between the smooth, four-lane highway and the fear-inducing, densely wooded, two-lane road of 1964. I left Highway 59 to enter Hattiesburg on the crest of a hill dividing Lamar County from Forrest County and descended into a Hattiesburg I did not recognize; it had become a mid-sized city of 43 square miles with a population of close to 45,000 people, of whom 49.3 per cent were white, 47.3 per cent were black (significantly above the state average); and 1.4 per cent were Hispanic. In the year 2000, the median age of residents was 27.1 years; the median income was $24,409 and the median house value was $66,100, all below the state average. Seventy-nine and one tenth per cent had high school educations or higher; 28.9 per cent had bachelor’s degrees and 11.5 per cent had graduate or professional degrees.1


Private Tutoring Adequate Yearly Progress Church Building Freedom School Dramatic Reading 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 3.
    Kevin Walters, “Mobile Street Revitalization Sought, Hattiesburg American,” 31 May 2002, 1C.Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    Peggy Jean Connor, quoted in Kevin Walters, “Mobile Street Revitalization Sought,” Hattiesburg American, 31 May 2002, 1C.Google Scholar
  3. 6.
    Scott M. Larson, “Palmer’s Subdivision Getting 33 New Homes,” Hattiesburg American, 21 March 2002, 1A.Google Scholar
  4. 7.
    Thomas Bartlett, “Move to Fire 2 Professors Roils Campus in Mississippi,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 March 2004, 1, 8– 10.Google Scholar
  5. 8.
    Donald V. Adderton, “Let reason return to USM campus,” Clarion-Ledger online, 18 May 2004.Google Scholar
  6. 11.
    Nikki Davis Maute, “Split Decisions,” Hattiesburg American, 17 January 2004, 1A.Google Scholar
  7. 12.
    Antoinette M. Konz, “Earl Travillion Principal Happy With Progress,” Hattiesburg American, 5 April 2004.Google Scholar
  8. 13.
    Antoinette Konz, “Tutoring Proves a Success at Palmers Crossing Center,” Hattiesburg American, 24 April 2004.Google Scholar
  9. 15.
    Nikki Davis Maute, “Freedom Summer Stories Passed On,” Hattiesburg American, 29 February 2004, 1A.Google Scholar
  10. 16.
    Nikki Davis Maute, “Church’s Civil Rights Contributions Marked,” Hattiesburg American, 28 August 2004, 1A.Google Scholar
  11. 18.
    Howard Zinn, SNCC: The New Abolitionists (1965; Cambridge: South End Press, 2002), 250.Google Scholar
  12. 19.
    Patrick Shannon, “Adequate Yearly Progress?” in Saving Our Schools: The Casefor Public Education, Ken Goodman et al., eds. (Berkeley: RDR Books), 2004, 33–5.Google Scholar
  13. 20.
    Teresa Mendez, “Thanks, but no thanks: The No Child Left Behind Law came with too many strings attached,” The Christian Science Monitor, 25 November 2003, 10 ( 17 October 2004).Google Scholar
  14. 21.
    Diana Jean Schemo, “Problems Seen for Expansion of Testing of U.S. Students,” New York Times, 5 October 2004, A17.Google Scholar
  15. 23.
    Marjory Coeyman, “Just When You Thought You Knew the Rules,” Christian Science Monitor, 9 July 2002, 11 ( _ SP02_0. 17 October 2004).Google Scholar
  16. 25.
    Walt Haney, ‘The Myth of the Texas Miracle,’ Education Policy Analysis Archives, volume 8, number 41, 19 August 2000 ( 20 October, 2004).Google Scholar
  17. 26.
    Diana Jean Schemo, “Questions on Data Cloud Luster of Houston Schools,” New York Times, 11 July 2003, A1 ( 17 October 2004).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Sandra E. Adickes 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra E. Adickes

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations