"To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi." This quote is often attributed to William Faulkner, Mississippi's literary Nobel Laureate from Oxford. It's not clear that Faulkner ever truly said these words, but it does set up a remarkable challenge, that of understanding Mississippi.
Where in history do you want to start? With Native American burial grounds or Civil War battlefields? At the markers that line the Blues Highway or those that tell the story of the Civil Rights movement? With music or art or literature or even architecture -- the humblest sharecropper shack or cinder block juke joint is a monument to the deep roots of Delta history.
Perhaps no state in the entire country has seen the profusion of so many significant people, places and events as Mississippi. You may not understand Mississippi after traveling the Delta, but you'll have a much finer appreciation for the layers of history that make today's Delta rich with culture.