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The Free State of Jones: A True Story of Defiance During the American Civil War (Film Tie-In)
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Victoria E. Bynum
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The Free State of Jones: A True Story of Defiance During the American Civil War (Film Tie-In)

Victoria E. Bynum



Fiction & Literature;
History of the Americas;
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900;
American Civil War;
Battles & campaigns


336 pages

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A remarkable true story of defiance during the American Civil War - now the focus of a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey.

Between late 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in the Piney Woods region of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight Company after their captain, Newton Knight, they set up headquarters in the swamps of the Leaf River, where, legend has it, they declared the Free State of Jones. The story of the Jones County rebellion is well known among Mississippians, and debate over whether the county actually seceded from the state during the war has smoldered for more than a century. Adding further controversy to the legend is the story of Newt Knight's interracial romance with his wartime accomplice, Rachel, a slave. From their relationship there developed a mixed- race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended, and the ambiguous racial identity of their descendants confounded the rules of segregated Mississippi well into the twentieth century.

Victoria Bynum traces the origins and legacy of the Jones County uprising from the American Revolution to the modern civil rights movement. In bridging the gap between the legendary and the real Free State of Jones, she shows how the legend - what WC was told, what was embellished, and what was left out--reveals a great deal about the South's transition from slavery to segregation; the racial, gender, and class politics of the period; and the contingent nature of history and memory.

By:   Victoria E. Bynum
Imprint:   Duckworth
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 131mm, 
Weight:   373g
ISBN:   9780715650776
ISBN 10:   0715650777
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   June 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Victoria Bynum is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Texas State University. She is author of The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies and Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South.

Bynum is to be saluted not only for her profound scholarship but for her evenhanded accounts of matters that remain volatile and controversial. . . . [This] book should be praised as an original and cogent piece of scholarship on a devilishly complicated and demanding subject * Washington Times * An important book that may cause historians who are skeptical about putting too much stress on an 'inner' Civil War to rethink their position * American Historical Review * Powerful, revisionist, and timely, Bynum's book combines superb history with poignant analysis of historical memory and southern racial mores * Choice * An exemplary monograph, full of human details * Spectator *

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