Free State of Jones Mississippi's Longest Civil War

ISBN-10: 0807854670

ISBN-13: 9780807854679

Edition: 2003

Authors: Victoria E. Bynum

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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 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.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Victoria Bynum is professor of history at Texas State University, San Marcos. She is author ofThe Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil WarandUnruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South(both from UNC Press).

Preface
Introduction
Sacred Wars: Race and the Ongoing Battle over the Free State of Jones
The Origins of Mississippi's Piney Woods People
Jones County's Carolina Connection: Class and Race in Revolutionary America
The Quest for Land: Yeoman Republicans on the Southwestern Frontier
Piney Woods Patriarchs: Class Relations and the Growth of Slavery
Antebellum Life on the Leaf River: Gender, Violence, and Religious Strife
Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Struggle for Power
The Inner Civil War: Birth of the Free State of Jones
The Free State Turned Upside Down: Colonel Lowry's Confederate Raid on Jones County
Reconstruction and Redemption: The Politics of Race, Class, and Manhood in Jones County
Defiance and Domination: "White Negroes" in the Piney Woods New South
Epilogue: The Free State of Jones Revisited: Davis Knight's Miscegenation Trial
Appendixes
Selected Descendants of the Knight Family
Selected Descendants of the Coleman Family
Selected Descendants of the Welborn Family
Selected Descendants of the Bynum Family
Selected Descendants of the Collins Family
Selected Descendants of the Sumrall Family
Selected Descendants of the Welch Family
Selected Descendants of the Valentine Family
The "White Negro" Community, 1880-1920
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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