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The State of Jones by Sally Jenkins
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Aug 01, 09

Read in July, 2009

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 during and after the Civil War. As is often the case the poor yeoman farmers and their families' stories have been preserve through oral tradition. The authors used documentation to support, when available, the story of county of Jones and its resistance to the authority of the Confederacy. Apparently the book is in the process of being screen scripted to be made into a movie.
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