From the Chickasaw Cession to Yoknapatawhpa: Historical Essays on North Mississippi is a collection of essays and documents written by Mississippians over the years, a mosaic that tells the story of the settlement and growth of North Mississippi and explores its literary significance. The fullest of the five sections is devoted to the Chickasaw Cession. We see the mix of native people and settlers, and learn the early history of the twelve counties. The second section offers views of the fabled ante-bellum Plantation Period, and the third, of the Civil War in three counties. The last two sections are devoted to the texture of life, the issue of race, and the region's literary significance, particularly through Faulkner's creation of Yoknapatawpha.