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About The national star. [volume] (Goodman, Miss.) 1866-18??
Goodman, Miss. (1866-18??)
- The national star. [volume] : (Goodman, Miss.) 1866-18??
- Place of publication:
- Goodman, Miss.
- Geographic coverage:
- G. P. M. Turner & Co.
- Dates of publication:
- Began in 1866.
- Goodman (Miss.)--Newspapers.
- Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
- Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 14 (Dec. 5, 1866).
- sn 88067113
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The National star
First chartered in 1865, Goodman, Mississippi is located in Holmes County on the eastern edge of the fertile Yazoo-Mississippi River Delta. Established alongside the Mississippi Central rail line, it was named after the president of the railroad company, Walter Goodman.
While not the earliest newspaper in Holmes County, The National Star (1866-18??) may have been the only journal published in Goodman during Reconstruction. It was established in 1866 by George Paul Turner, a Confederate veteran, attorney, and Mississippi Congressman; J.L. McCullum was editor. The only extant issue of the Democratic, four-page, semiweekly paper was published on Wednesday, December 5, 1866. Similar to other county newspapers, the National Star covered local news and topics of interest to the community. It also boasted that “The people –we mean that class of people who admire a bold outspoken paper... are rally[ing] to the support of the "National Star," with an alacrity, which to us, is most decidedly encouraging." Turner eventually moved to Tennessee where he served as an attorney general. McCullum later worked as an editor for several Mississippi newspapers including the Kosciusko Star (18??-98).
After the Civil War, Mississippi, like many Southern states who had seceded from the Union, opposed Reconstruction, viewing federal occupation as an encroachment upon their freedom. The National Star described Republican control of politics after the war as follows: "We are prisoners of war simply, and as such let us act...." In 1865, in an effort to keep former slaves as second-class citizens, the Mississippi Legislature passed a series of Black Code laws, which restricted the rights of African Americans. One requirement was for freedmen to acquire labor contracts; persons without labor contracts could be fined and imprisoned. In the December 5, 1866 issue the Star offered for sale blank contracts that could be used for this purpose.
Provided by: Mississippi Department of Archives and History