The State of Jones

The State of Jones

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State of Jones 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Alex_Hodges More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie "The Free State of Jones" and wanted to learn more. This book was fascinating and kept me up at night. Well researched and thoughtful.
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DavidH42 More than 1 year ago
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 McLemore, and the authors claimed the others in the room had eyes filled with cordite smoke. Cordite was a smokeless propellant invented in England a quarter of a century after the end of the Civil War. For me, they lost all credibility at about page 134. If they cannot get basic information correct, their interpretation becomes suspect. Granted the deatils I found annoyingly wrong MIGHT be construed as "artistic license" for dramatic effect, but this is proported to be history, not a novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its been said that more books have been written about the Civil War than any other topic in the US. With numbers like that, you'd think its been milked. Well, it hasn't. Its difficult being from the South to justify the Southern Cause. Especially in light of history. Well, not all in the South backed the South. What it was like and how they survived and rebelled is written in this book. Their difficult aftermath is also written up, how they weren't appreciated by the North. Or even written in the history books. As with a lot of histories where the primary actors are long gone, there are questions that just beg to be answered. This is built in large part on historical testimony but also on a reporter who decided to talk to the participants before they died. Without those notes a lot of this story would be lost to history. At times its as much an oral history as a standard sifting through the papers in archives. That brings a richness to it. We all know who won the Civil War. If you ever wondered how or if anybody opposed the South deep in Dixie, this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very insightful reading if you are interested in what was happening in the South during the Civil War. A good companion work to others dealing with the subject. Obviously well researched however,I wish there were more details concerning some of Newton Knight's altercations with the Confederate forces as well as the number of altercations documented. This is however most likey due not to any editing decisions but on the fact that Mr Knight was just so reclusive and secretive about his actions. I can only speculate that there is surely a volume of stories that Mr Knight kept to himself for fear of social retribution.