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Monday, April 21, 2014

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Some local landowners worked to improve the lives of slaves

Columnist and historian Jack Lamar Mayfield tells us about slave owners who tried to better the lives of their slaves — by teaching them to read and write or offering them jobs after the war ended. (February 24, 2012, Page 3B)

The slave community during the Civil War years

In honor of Black History Month, columnist and local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield tells us about the men and women of color who were slaves in the Oxford area during the Civil War years and how the war affected their lives. (February 3, 2012, Page 3B)

‘Oxford in the Civil War’ – A new book from History Press

“Oxford in the Civil War: Battle for a Vanquished Land” by Stephen Enzweiler is the new book just published by The History Press of Charleston, S.C. The author is a journalist and senior editor for “Y’all” magazine published here in Oxford and he writes extensively about Mississippi and the South.

I really didn’t find out anything that I didn’t already know, but the way the author has presented the data makes for pleasurable reading. I have read these stories over the years in various different places, but Enzweiler presents them in manner that follows Oxford from its earliest day through the war years. (October 8, 2010, Page 2B)

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