The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War

The Free State of Jones Mississippi s Longest Civil War Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey Mahershala Ali and Keri Russell In theaters June Actor Mahershala Ali House of Cards The Hunger Games Mockingjay performs the grippin

  • Title: The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War
  • Author: Victoria E. Bynum
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Audible Audio
  • The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War

    Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey, Mahershala Ali, and Keri Russell In theaters June 24, 2016Actor Mahershala Ali House of Cards, The Hunger Games Mockingjay performs the gripping tale of an armed band of Confederate deserters and slaves living in a mixed race community who rose up against the Confederate Cavalry in 1863 to form their own republic,Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey, Mahershala Ali, and Keri Russell In theaters June 24, 2016Actor Mahershala Ali House of Cards, The Hunger Games Mockingjay performs the gripping tale of an armed band of Confederate deserters and slaves living in a mixed race community who rose up against the Confederate Cavalry in 1863 to form their own republic, free of slavery, in what is now the state of Mississippi The community they formed and the ambiguous racial identity of their descendants confounded the rules of the segregated South well into the 20th century.In bridging the gap between the legendary and the real Free State of Jones, author Victoria Bynum unwraps the legend what was told, what was embellished, and what was left out.

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    1. Jeffrey Keeten

      ”It was easy to see why the legend had endured. Its characters were larger than life: men bound to one another by kinship, economic status, and membership in a paramilitary band armed against the Confederacy; women equally bound by kinship and unfettered by the chains of ladylike behavior; and even some slaves, although Piney Woods, Mississippi was not a major slaveholding region. Towering above all other characters in popular memory were ‘Captain’ Newt Knight, the grandson of a slaveholde [...]

    2. Perry

      Significant, Obscure in Civil War History [full disclosure: main character, Newt Knight, is my first cousin, 4 times removed]short ad for movie released today 6/24from Smithsonian mag: Matthew McConaughey thought the Free State of Jones script was the most exciting Civil War story he had ever read, and knew immediately that he wanted to play Newt Knight. In Knight’s defiance of both the Confederate Army and the deepest taboos of Southern culture McConaughey sees an uncompromising and deeply mo [...]

    3. Maya B

      This was a very dry read. This book felt like a genealogy of the entire Knight family. It was a lot to take in and a lot to keep up with. I would compare this book to a textbook. It would have been great if the book focused on Newt Knight. His life seemed to be very interesting from what I read in this book

    4. Sharon

      Some of my best friends would probably unfriend me if I tried to talk about this book and got my facts wrong, so I'm just going to say I enjoyed the book, and I'm fascinated with the topic.

    5. Marion Morgan

      I finished this book months ago and still cannot believe that there is so much hidden about the South during the Civil War that I have been oblivious to. The book introduced me to real people of the South, who did not own slaves, saw the war for what it was, and then seceded from the Confederacy. Bynum does the best anyone has to date to separate fact from the myths that arose to cover up the horrible wrongs that were committed or to excuse ingrained practices, including miscegenation.

    6. Bill

      I don't often pick up a book after seeing a movie, much less a movie trailer, but in this case I am glad I did. Victoria Bynum presents a detailed history of a rebellion of small farmers, deserters from the Confederate Army, and escaped slaves against the Confederate slave holding aristocracy. Loyal to the Union, Captain Newton Knight successfully fought off repeated Confederate cavalry raids from 1863 to the end of the Civil War, and was notorious throughout the next century not only for his su [...]

    7. Debbie Jacob

      Deciding on how to rate this book was the most difficult decision I have ever had to make when it comes to rating a book. The story is fantastic, almost unbelievable, but the writing is stuffy, chronological history that really needed some life in it. I would have liked to get a better feeling for the characters. You really had to be interested in pursuing this story to not get bogged down in the detailed writing that tells rather that shows the story. It's hard to imagine a county that broke of [...]

    8. Matt Cleere

      A great look inside the Civil War south. Contrary to what confederate flag waiving Southerners like to think, not everybody in the South was keen on secession from the North. My family on my Mom's side are from Jones and Forest counties and many of them still live in that area. The "white" Knights of Jones county are something of a legend down there. This book really fleshes out that legend. Highly recommended.

    9. Rachelle

      I have wanted to read this book for a long time because it takes place in Jones County, Mississippi where my ancestors lived during the Civil War. I wish they had been part of the Knight Company rebels, but my folks were fighting with the Confederates not against them. However, these men and women were their neighbors/cousins raised with all the same issues, culture, history and social codes. With over 100 pages of endnotes, bibliography and family trees, the scholarly work has given me a lot to [...]

    10. Alison

      This is a highly detailed and fabulously researched book about a fascinating and important subject. So it is a little disappointing that it is such a slog to read. Bynum's scholarship is beyond question, not just in assembling meticulous research among the locals of the region, but also in her analysis of the various factors leading both to the Union-sympathising rebellion and the mixed-race isolated community one of the rebels subsequently founded. But the book is overwhelmed by genealogical de [...]

    11. Delway Burton

      This book is soon to be a movie. I have long been fascinated how individuals caught in the great tides of history, can often have completely different experiences. Individual histories are not monolithic. The fictional novel, Cold Mountain, touched on the fact that the American Civil War was not all about epic battles. Ms. Bynum is a historian and this book reads like a text book, heavily based on genealogy. Keeping the characters even half-way straight took considerable effort and I was often l [...]

    12. Timothy Shea

      A well written, easy to read book. I learned a lot about anti-slavery efforts in the south as well as the anti-secessionist movement among yeoman farmers in Mississippi. Interesting stuff. I was particularly disgusted to learn of the origins of some racist myths that are still perpetuated today, some of which have come out of my state's governor's mouth.

    13. Daryl Thompson

      A very enjoyable read about a subject I before knew nothing about. Before reading this book about the County of Jones Mississippi I thought I was a student of the Civil War. I learned a lot about Black history reading this book and the large part they had during the Civil war and this section of the country.

    14. Rachel

      This book was very dry, and as much as I like Mahershala Ali as an actor, his quiet narration of the audiobook left something to be desired. The information is good and well-researched, but reads like a genealogy of the Knight family and a textbook history of race-relations in Mississippi.

    15. Steven Traylor

      I liked it ieven though it was kind of a plod. Heavy with historical information and family trees, I watchedthe movie first then read this book I think that gave me more reason to want to read the book

    16. Ashley Reyes

      Talk about dancing around the issue. This book talks more about the history surrounding the Free State than the state itself.

    17. Paul

      About 3.5 stars. Fascinating history and story of class and race in the South. Well researched, drily told, but maybe no better alternative.

    18. Adam Windsor

      If you're looking for a clean and straightforward account of what happened in Jones County before, during and after the Civil War well, you're not going to get it. Bynum's too dedicated to scholarly standards for that, and presents a multi-faceted situation via multiple facets, often comparing and contrasting two or three different accounts of an event with what the evidence actually supports having happened (this last often being a pretty scant resource, alas). Probably the cleanest and most r [...]

    19. Patty

      I listened to this as an audio book. At the beginning that made it difficult because there were so many people and relationships to keep track of. If I'd have had a paper copy, I'd have flipped back and forth a lot. However, this is a history book not a novel (or even historical fiction) so I don't think I'd have made it through the book if I was reading and not listening. It is a compelling story about a difficult topic. It gives insight into race issues starting many years prior to the Civil W [...]

    20. Scharenjo

      Essentially, this is a genealogy presented in paragraphs instead of using the more typical graphic organizerever, those are available in the appendix. Bynum does a decent job of highlighting the complicated and often deadly outcomes of race relations in postbellum Mississippi but very little about the Knight Company is ever explained beyond it's roster. She frequently references the important role Rachel Knight played in the Knight Company, but I don't recall her ever detailing that role or expl [...]

    21. Leann Moore

      Having little background on the topic, I found this very hard to grasp. It was like reading a history book, where you haven’t taken the intro class yet. Once I started to grasp the timeline and the players, I began enjoying the paradoxes and hierocracy of the people and the legends. This definitely isn’t a “fun” or beach read, but it a very historically accurate and uses proven facts to compare two competing stories of the Free State of Jones. I would have liked to see it be a little les [...]

    22. Laura Trombley

      This is an interesting story of one county, one man, one family, one band of dissenters and the way history gets written down by people who interpret events to agree with their long standing assumptions.

    23. Jacqueline

      I didn't get much out of this book because I couldn't concentrate on the narrator. The delivery threw me off completely. And so I may want to read it (actually with my eyes) to learn and to give it a proper review.

    24. Az

      Well-researched and engaging. I particularly enjoyed the acknowledgment of gender roles, and race as a flexible concept.

    25. John Buttell

      So much more than the amazing story of deserters, escaped slaves, their friends and families fighting the Confederacy in Piney Woods Mississippi. Bynum discovers the roots of one strain of Deep South unionism from the Revolutionary War era Regulator movement in the Carolinas through antimission Baptist churches in Mississippi. She traces the origins of the resistance in Jones county to families rooted in this tradition who, while not openly condemning slavery, made the decision to opt out of the [...]

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