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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: John Stauffer Narrator: Don Lesli Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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New York Times best-selling 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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dan Beaver | 2/11/2014

    " A well written and interesting history about a part of the Civil War most don't know about. It is a story about a force Unionist and abolitionist who fought a guerilla war against the Confederacy--and the story is important. But the "conclusions" are too sweeping and there is too much conjecture to make it a good history. I wld recommend reading it, but wldn't teach it in a class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting account from the Civil War/postbellum era that filled one of the many gaps in my knowledge of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie180 | 1/29/2014

    " This book was fantastic. It's about a small county in the South during the Civil War which basically withdrew from the Confederacy. Super interesting, excellent writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dad | 1/19/2014

    " For whatever reason, by the time I was HS age I was a true Rebel. The South were the good guys and the North the evil ones. This book certainly paints a different picture, especially after the war - KKK, etc.This book makes Hilly,from "The Help" look like a saint. "

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