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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 Leslie Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Noel | 1/12/2014

    " An incredible story of an anti-slavery, Unionist Southerner who deserted the Confederate Army to protect himself and his friends and family from a rich man's war. Newton Knight is one of the great heroes in American history that you will probably never hear of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stuart Elliott | 1/9/2014

    " In 1863, a poor farmer deserted the Confederate Army and began a guerrilla battle against the Confederacy. Newton Knight refused to fight a rich man's war for slavery and cotton. It is a fascinating history that blows apart the traditional myth of the Confederacy as a heroic and unified Lost Cause. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miamijules | 1/5/2014

    " Interesting part of history that didn't seem to make it to my history books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zack | 12/19/2013

    " I really liked (too strong a word? They were sort of horrific) the vivid portrayals of life in the Army and in mid-19th century Mississippi in this book. Also interesting was the account (about half of the book) of the failure of Reconstruction in the Deep South, which I don't know enough about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annieamw Wilson | 10/4/2013

    " Really interesting history of small piece of Civil War I had known nothing about. Fascinating man who led the rebellion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/28/2013

    " This story of yeoman whites in the South fighting for the Union alongside free Blacks and escaped slaves was a revelation to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blayne | 4/9/2013

    " I got this on cd..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 12/4/2012

    " The book discusses a little known or rarely described element of the Civil War, that of Southern dissidents who fought against the Confederacy while in the South. It wasn't a nail-biting exciting journal, but interesting history nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 8/23/2011

    " Good Civil War History - Southern unionist during Civil War and Jones County Mississippi - easy read. Another book about Captain Newton Knight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D.L. Lang | 6/12/2011

    " I loved the book, but having since learned that its facts are inaccurate, I am only giving it 3 stars, and am interested to read other accounts of this same story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitchell | 5/24/2011

    " Amazing read! The authors really rip apart much of the mythology that endures about the Confederacy and exposes it for the tyranny that it really was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 5/18/2011

    " I have read numerous civil war books, but this tale was unfamilar to me. It involves a county in Mississippi that seceded from the Confederacy during the war, due to the horrible treatment of yeoman farmers by the aristocratic farmers. It's a great story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 5/1/2011

    " Recommended by Sterlo, not that great, but did learn a little history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/14/2011

    " fascinating story of a portion of the Civil War that I had never heard anything about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 12/27/2010

    " I found this book a fascinating narrative about a little-known slice of American history. The book reads like a well-written novel and is interesting from cover to cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zack | 8/22/2010

    " I really liked (too strong a word? They were sort of horrific) the vivid portrayals of life in the Army and in mid-19th century Mississippi in this book. Also interesting was the account (about half of the book) of the failure of Reconstruction in the Deep South, which I don't know enough about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 5/25/2010

    " I made it all the way through the Battle of Vicksburg and now I'm stuck in Reconstruction and I can't get through because of the wholesale slaughter of black folks just TRYING TO MAKE A FUCKING LIFE YOU RACIST PIECES OF CRAP UUUUUUUGH. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 5/17/2010

    " My brother recommended this book after reading an account of an ancestor who deserted from the Confederate Army. This apparently
    is a true story of a county in Mississippi that seceded from the Confederacy. It's interesting so far. I'm listening on my commute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitchell | 5/7/2010

    " Amazing read! The authors really rip apart much of the mythology that endures about the Confederacy and exposes it for the tyranny that it really was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/26/2010

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annieamw | 3/24/2010

    " Really interesting history of small piece of Civil War I had known nothing about. Fascinating man who led the rebellion. "

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About the Author

John Stauffer is chair and professor of the history of American civilization at Harvard University and the award-winning author of The Black Hearts of Men and other books on the Civil War era, including GIANTS: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.