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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (299 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sally Jenkins, John Stauffer Narrator: Don Leslie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erik | 2/17/2014

    " Though I did find this book interesting, and I did learn a lot from it, it often read like a text book. I found it hard to keep all of the names straight throughout the first half of the book. The second half, talking about the changes in Jones County after the Civil War moved along much quicker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melinda | 2/4/2014

    " Even though I'm an historian, I loathe Civil War history. It's not my cup of tea. However, I could not put this book down. There is a lot of sources cited, but a lot of oral histories that I took with a grain of salt. This book has answered so many questions for me. I'm very glad I read it and feel validated with my mixed emotions having lived my life in MS. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/2/2014

    " This Civil War tale of a county in the deep South that succeeds from the Confederacy is a real page turner. I'm loving it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pat | 1/21/2014

    " 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. "

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