The State of Jones by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer (PDF)

The State of Jones

by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer

(Doubleday)

Hardcover, 416 pages, $27.50

Released: 23 June 2009 (US)

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.” — Doubleday

The State of Jones

Chapter One [PDF]

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