News---The Free State of Jones Film: How Much Of That Is True? 15 Questions Answered
Free State of Jones is a inspired by the life of Newton Knight and the anti-Confederacy rebellion in Jones County, Mississippi. Victoria E. Bynum's The Free State of Jones  served as the basis of the film and the historian served as a script consultant.
1. Why did Newton Knight initially join the Confederate Army?When
the state of Mississippi seceded from the Union in January 1861, many
Mississippians were opposed to the decision. Mississippi's Declaration
of Secession did not reflect the views of many of the small family-owned
farms and cattle herders living in Jones County. It was a decision that
primarily reflected the planters' interests. When the American Civil
War began in April 1861, anyone who opposed the state's new Confederate
government was deemed a traitor and a coward. Immediate death was often
the penalty for those who refused to join the Confederate Army. The Free State of Jones true story reveals that Newton Knight enlisted in the army in the early fall of 1861. The Free State of Jones book
author Victoria E. Bynum believes that Knight did not necessarily
enlist out of fear of conscription but rather because he just wanted to
be a soldier. -Mississippi History Now
14 More Questions Answered at Text Source: History Versus Hollywood
Also, Smithsonian Magazine [March 2016] has a superb article on a recent visit to Jones County, the current residents' understanding of Newton Knight and the successful rebellion. His descendants and those who believe that he is not a hero are interviewed.
Smithsonian Magazine: The True Story of the Free State of Jones
Friday, June 24, 2016
News---The Free State of Jones Film: How Much Of That Is True?
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Labels: Anti-War Movement, Film, Mississippi
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