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The State of Jones - The Small Southern County that Seceded from the Confederacy

Sally Jenkins

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New York Times bestselling 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Stauffer, Don Leslie

Length:

6h 29m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:55


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:32


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:51


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:31


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:44


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:55


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:59


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:06


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:37


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:14


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

00:38