Mississippi College professor wins history book award

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A book written by an associate professor of history at Mississippi College won a Mississippi Historical Society award.

Christian Pinnen’s Complexion of Empire in Natchez, Race and Slavery in the Mississippi Borderlands was named the best Mississippi history book in 2021.

Pinnen is an Associate Professor of History at Mississippi College and teaches courses in American History, Old South History, Latin American Inquiry, American Revolution, and American Slavery. He is also the co-author of the book “Colonial Mississippi: A Borrowed Land”.

The book, published by the University of Georgia Press, weaves together legal history, race, and gender to show how the interplay of Native Americans, people of African descent, and European and American settlers created the changing landscape of slavery in the early Mississippi.

The Mississippi Historical Society Book of the Year Award recognizes the best book on a subject related to Mississippi history or biography. The winner receives $ 700. Pinnen will accept the award and speak at the Mississippi Historical Society’s annual meeting in Hattiesburg on March 10-11.

The Mississippi Historical Society, founded in 1858, promotes exceptional work in the interpretation, teaching, and preservation of Mississippi history.


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