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The Free State of Jones
Author: Victoria Bynum

ISBN: 9780715650776
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 30 June 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.4
Description:
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 upris...

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