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The State of Jones New York Times bestselling author Sally Jenkins and distinguished Harvard professor John Stauffer mine a nearly forgotten piece of Civil War history and strike gold in this surprising account of the o

  • Title: The State of Jones
  • Author: Sally Jenkins John Stauffer
  • ISBN: 9780385525930
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The State of Jones By Sally Jenkins John Stauffer, New York Times bestselling author Sally Jenkins and distinguished Harvard professor John Stauffer mine a nearly forgotten piece of Civil War history and strike gold in this surprising account of the only Southern county to secede from the Confederacy.The State of Jones is a true story about the South during the Civil War the real South Not the South that has been mythologNew York Times bestselling author Sally Jenkins and distinguished Harvard professor John Stauffer mine a nearly forgotten piece of Civil War history and strike gold in this surprising account of the only Southern county to secede from the Confederacy.The State of Jones is a true story about the South during the Civil War the real South Not the South that has been mythologized in novels and movies, but an authentic, hardscrabble place where poor men were forced to fight a rich man s war for slavery and cotton In Jones County, Mississippi, a farmer named Newton Knight led his neighbors, white and black alike, in an insurrection against the Confederacy at the height of the Civil War Knight s life story mirrors the little known story of class struggle in the South and it shatters the image of the Confederacy as a unified front against the Union.This riveting investigative account takes us inside the battle of Corinth, where thousands lost their lives over less than a quarter mile of land, and to the dreadful siege of Vicksburg, presenting a gritty picture of a war in which generals sacrificed thousands through their arrogance and ignorance Off the battlefield, the Newton Knight story is rich in drama as well He was a man with two loves his wife, who was forced to flee her home simply to survive, and an ex slave named Rachel, who, in effect, became his second wife It was Rachel who cared for Knight during the war when he was hunted by the Confederates, and, later, when members of the Knight clan sought revenge for the disgrace he had brought upon the family name.Working hand in hand with John Stauffer, distinguished chair and professor of the History of American Civilization at Harvard University, Sally Jenkins has made the leap from preeminent sportswriter to a historical writer endowed with the accuracy, drive, and passion of Doris Kearns Goodwin The result is Civil War history at its finest.
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    1. I thoroughly enjoyed this book It does not read like a text book is non fiction but mixes the historical fact of the civil war with the war that was going on in Mississippi with the Jones County Scouts led by Newton Knight Knight and a small group of men spent considerable time for two years in the Piney Woods fleeing both the North and the South as they tried to help the Negro claim his independence Even with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and Reconstruction the black man still suffered [...]

    2. If you like Southern history, especially the Civil War era, this drawn out account might be a good bet for you I won t rehash the plot The premise, a white man married to an African American lady, in race torn Mississippi during the reign of Jim Crow is an intriguing one Newton Knight is a strong character with a definite worldview on things Some of the material, like Grant s gritty siege of Vicksburg, is familiar ground to us Civil War buffs From what I can tell, the title is well researched an [...]

    3. This and interesting story of southern unionists and confederate deserters Although the story focuses on Newt Knight, it really talks in general about the life of poor farmers who were opposed to the confederacy during the civil war and afterward Its appalling the conditions people were expected to life and fight under Particularly Mississippi after the war was horrific An interesting read, but the book was slow at times.

    4. Here s a book to confound your sense of the Civil War era deep south as unified, racist Confederate Dirt farmer Newton Knight was none of these things A lifelong resident of rural Jones County, Mississippi, Knight was morally opposed to slavery, and an avowed Unionist He resented, naturally, being conscripted into a Confederacy which did not represent him nor his interests, nor the interests of the poor people with whom he lived And he was far from alone Knight and his fellow insurrectionists mo [...]

    5. I am assigning the prologue and first chapter to my students this semester I wanted a book that talked about the war and the conditions of war without focusing on military history in a battle tastic way There is a compelling narrative here, well written, straight forward without being boring The book does a great job presenting the class differences of the South, which sometimes gets lost in the discussion.

    6. This is one of the intriguing tales of the Civil War In Jones County, Mississippi, we see a movement by residents to steer clear of the South Yes, in Mississippi at the heart of the Confederate States of America and home of Jefferson Davis plantation This breakaway region fought against and gave heartburn to the Confederacy.The book focuses on the character of Newton Knight He began the war drafted into the southern force He fought at the bloody battle in Corinth, where a harebrained general, E [...]

    7. It s pretty widely known that a large number of northerners opposed the Civil War But I didn t realize that a lot of southerners opposed secession and the war In this telling, the Confederacy was an attempt by wealthy, upper class landowners to maintain their privileges, only one of which was ownership of slaves Yeomen poor whites farming small patches of land and owning no slaves had nothing to gain from secession or war.But they stood to lose what little they had, as the men were forced to ser [...]

    8. I heard the authors on NPR and thought that the story sound intriguing I knew nothing about the particulars of the story of Newton Knight and his fellow countians Mississippians who fought in Mississippi to preserve the Union It really is a story of the poor yeoman farmer in the South who had little in common with the upper elite of the Confederate army who ultimately came to the conclusion that the Southern motive were not worth fighting and dying for The story centers on Newton and his family [...]

    9. Listened to recording Very interest history of Mississippi during and the 20 years after the civil war The write up on the cover is misleading when it says the Jones county seceded for the Confederacy In the middle of the war Jones county was the center of Confederate deserters who were pro union They were able for a short time make Confederate civil authorities flee the county The sadist part of the story was the rise of the clan and the suppression of the blacks in the 1870s, as former leaders [...]

    10. This is a fascinating book about the Civil War, and a man in the deep south who, after being drafted to fight for the South, joins the North to preserve the Union It is a true story, and his life and family had far reaching effects in the years that follow.

    11. After seeing the film which I loved I decided to give the book a try I liked the book and coming from a person that mostly reads fiction it was engrossing It wasn t one of the best books ever but it was worth the read I really like stuff about the Civil War and love stories that are from unpopular and generally untold viewpoints I would have gave this a better review if the chapters had not been so long I personally am not a fan of long chapters, and for the other fault in the book I really wish [...]

    12. The events that followed the end of the American Civil War from 1865 through roughly 1900, known as Reconstruction, mark the darkest days and events in American history, because they revealed a cold blooded racial hatred that was deep seated in the hearts and minds of the majority of white Americans The history of individual families, black and white, from those years who lived through the worst of the violence, particularly in the deep south states like Mississippi, is one of terror and violenc [...]

    13. There is a part of the history of the American Civil War that is not very well known, that is rarely taught in the schools It is the story of southerners who believed in the Union, who not only refused to fight for the Confederacy, but actively fought against it Some did so by joining the Union forces, others did so by engaging in guerrilla warfare The rural county of Jones in Mississippi was a stronghold of men who opposed secession Some were staunch Unionists Some were anti slavery Some believ [...]

    14. In the middle of the Civil War, after participating as a Southern soldier in two losing battles, Newton Knight left the Confederate Army and returned to his home in Jones County, Mississippi A few months later he was leading a group of over 150 men in open rebellion against the Confederacy I enjoyed listening to this book It dealt with a part of history that I didn t know about, and in fact, had never really thought about What happened to American loyalists in the South after secession The autho [...]

    15. This book is so problematic I had to put it down several times out of sheer anger at the insensitivity and complete lack of nuance when these authors attempted to construct the experiences of enslaved people.

    16. The authors missed so many basic facts, that I found myself wondering how much I could believe For example they described the muskets as weighing 18 lbs maybe two muskets might weigh that On another page, they described the sound of musket hammers falling on gunpowder On the standard muskets used by both sides, the hammers fell on percussion caps producing a sharp snap, not the pfft they claimed I finally gave up when Knight maybe kills McLe, and the authors claimed the others in the room had ey [...]

    17. This history of a southern county that did not secede from the Union during the American Civil War reads like a novel.Newton Knight was an abolitionist from Jones County, Mississippi, who actively fought against the Confederacy Several times impressed into Confederate ranks, he returned to his home none the less, despite threats of execution for desertion Having survived the war and reconstruction, Knight s views on race relations he in fact had a second family with a black woman named Rachel wa [...]

    18. There are so many books about the Civil War that I m surprised to find one that is totally unique This is the story of the Unionists who fought on the side of the Union even though they were deep in Confederate territory and formed independently of the Union Army It is also the story of Newton Knight who was a member of the Jones County Unionists and also a white man who married an African American woman and raised a family, who he acknowledged as his own, with her Sadly it also points out the p [...]

    19. I admit I never heard of this book until I saw the movie with Matthew McConaughey The movie intrigued me and I found this book very satisfying There is a lot about Newton Knight that we will never know This book mixes fact with some pretty accurate sounding conjecture Knight was a Confederate soldier who deserted and led a packet of like minded soldiers in guerrilla warfare against The South Newton ends up fathering at least eight children with his Black common law wife and about as many with hi [...]

    20. Written with fascinating language, this tale of the sins of the fathers in SE Mississippi before, during, and after the Civil War is riveting and thought provoking.I believe the first lines of chapter 4 are some of the best I ve ever read in a book about war, War destroyed all that was familiar to Mississipians it collapsed the old certainties like bricks and boards and altered the physical profiles of things into narcotic seeming visions.

    21. The State of Jones is a great book based on the Civil War contributions of Newton Knight and his band of men that ditched the Confederate Civil War effort in a small Mississippi county Jenkins and Stauffer show how a country man changed the course of the Civil War and racial relations in the postbellum years and into the mid 20th century This book tells an amazing story and is written in such a way that it is almost like a novel and not a history book.

    22. Mississippi before, during and after the Civil War There were Unionists who didn t agree with secession They lived primarily in Jones County, and the leader was Newton Knight What a wonderful book about how the Confederacy treated not just blacks, but poor farmers who made up the majority of the troops, and about how those downtrodden folks maintained their dignity and strength to build lives in a nondemocratic state.

    23. A fascinating, largely unknown piece of Civil War history There were a considerable number of anti slavery, pro Unionists living in southern Mississippi, some of whom took part in guerilla warfare against Conferderate forces The authors sometimes rely too much upon conjecture and speculation, but the book appears to be well researched and quite interesting.

    24. Good story Does a good job at showing how the south was not united as one in their fight against the north Class divisions were pretty extreme and caused many lower class people to give up the fight or, in the case of Jones County, try to join the other side Does a good job at showing the nature of backcountry fighting and how the home guard units operated in the south.

    25. This book chronicles a civil war inside the Civil War From 1863 to 1865, most of the southeastern part of Mississippi was opposed to the Confederacy and the then government of the state Attempts by the Confederate Army to restore control were disastrous defeats for that army Most of this rebellion was centered in the area of Jones County, which contains the city of Laurel, and thus the name.

    26. An incredible story of an anti slavery, Unionist Southerner who deserted the Confederate Army to protect himself and his friends and family from a rich man s war Newton Knight is one of the great heroes in American history that you will probably never hear of.

    27. I have read numerous civil war books, but this tale was unfamilar to me It involves a county in Mississippi that seceded from the Confederacy during the war, due to the horrible treatment of yeoman farmers by the aristocratic farmers It s a great story

    28. I learned a great deal from two of Stauffer s other books, The Black Hearts of Men and Giants The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln Thus, I wanted to read something else by this skilled and careful storyteller Although I knew that there were Unionist yeoman farmers who opposed the Confederacy in North Carolina from some other reading I had done, I knew nothing about such people in the deep Southern state of Mississippi Thus, the book jacket description of Newton Knight as [...]

    29. A Review of the AudiobookPublished by Random House Audio in 2009Read by Don LeslieDuration 13 hoursUnabridgedI am an avid reader of Civil War era histories I own than 100 and who knows how many that I have read from the library and it is rare for me to find a book that covers new territory for me This book did I knew as an abstract fact that there were thousands of white Union soldiers that came from the Confederacy They are mentioned in many histories, but they are rarely a focus The State of [...]

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