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The State of Jones: The Small Southern County that Seceded from the Confederacy
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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 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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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 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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      • source: David Maraniss, author of They Marched Into Sunlight and When Pride Still Mattered
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        "The State of Jones is history at its finest and most captivating. The documentation is meticulous, yet this gem of a book reads like a novel, with a revelation at every turn. Jenkins and Stauffer have proved once again that the real history of this country is far more complex and fascinating than the prevailing mythology."
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      • source: Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars
      • content: "In The State of Jones, Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer locate the real Civil War--and the story of our greatest national trial--in all of its specificity and moral complexity. Their research is meticulous and transparent; their writing is evocative and clear; their use of source materials and authentic voices is arresting; and their intuition about why history of this kind matters is unfailing."
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      • source: James Simon, author of Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney
      • content: "Jones and Stauffer tell this story with verve and insight, providing a richly detailed, dramatic narrative that is a valuable contribution to the historical literature."
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      • source: David Von Drehle, author of Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
      • content: "Here is the Civil War as it really was. You can't fully know America's epic until you've read this powerful book."
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      • source: Rick Atkinson, author of An Army at Dawn
      • content: "A marvelous story of loyalty and treason, race and blood, war and peace. The State of Jones is as compelling as it is unlikely, a tale of insurrection that illuminates the larger insurrection of our Civil War."
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      • source: Philip B. Kunhardt III, co-author of Looking for Lincoln
      • content: "Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer tell the fascinating tale of an unforgettable figure--6'4" Mississippi yeoman farmer Newton Knight, and his beguiling "second wife" and former slave, Rachel. The authors follow the Knight family's extraordinary lives over the course of six decades and in the process open a window onto a forgotten corner of the American landscape."
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      • content: Treated like chattel by incompetent officers, starving Confederate soldiers ate their shoelaces and died of thirst and dysentery. When their uniforms rotted, men were forced to replace them with pillaged carpet. Desertion meant prison or death. Led by a man named Newton Knight, a group of disillusioned Southerners from Jones County, Mississippi, banded together to thwart the Confederate cause. Narrator Don Leslie is the perfect partner for this story. His skillful inflections make the endless misery described both real and unforgettable, essential to understanding why the Rebels rebelled against their own. When called for, he speaks the Southern accent, adding authenticity without being comedic. Unlike most other histories about the Civil War, this production focuses on the everyday hardships of everyone in the South. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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      • content: Narrator Don Leslie blends the skills of a storyteller and a teacher to offer the listener entertainment that provides a new perspective on the Civil War. His straightforward presentation mirrors the accessible format of the text, in which the authors balance documented historical fact with local and family lore to tell the story of maverick Newton Knight and Jones County. This abridgment delivers plenty of riveting detail, and Leslie successfully carries the listener through the horror and intensity of the battlefield while also bringing a personal, human dimension to the overwhelming issues that caused families, states, and ultimately the entire nation to rupture. This is not just for history buffs. Any listener who wants to hear a good story will appreciate this intriguingly different view of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the continuing struggle for Civil Rights. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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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.
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