Historians agree that early migration patterns into the Mississippi Territory began during what is known as the "Great Migration" period (1798-1819). The invention of the cotton gin, rise in slave labor, and promise of economic stability drew many immigrants to the area. However, the War of 1812 and an economic panic in 1819 slowed the process down. Conditions began to improve even before the 1819 panic ended and those seeking better economic prospects poured into the region in even greater numbers.
The 1947 football season was pivotal for the Ole Miss program. That fall marked the beginning of Johnny Vaught's legendary 24 year career as head football coach. Vaught led the team in his first year to a 9-2 record and would go on to guide his players to 23 winning records before his retirement in 1970. The 1947 season also saw Charlie Conerly considered for the Heisman Trophy. Although he placed fourth in the standings, Conerly was the University's first player to be considered for the prestigious award and would later play for the New York Giants.
Adopted on November 1st, the Mississippi Constitution of 1890 resulted from a special constitutional convention which began that summer. Fourteen years after Reconstruction ended, many white Mississippians wished to remove African Americans from political life, and the special convention resulted in a constitution which formalized this policy. Isaiah T. Montgomery, then recent founder of the all black community of Mound Bayou, was the only black delegate at the convention and one of the few voices expressing hope in a more just form of government.