With Free State of Jones, Hollywood’s Civil War Comes Closer to History’s
Pop Culture May Finally Be Ready to Surrender the Myth of a Noble, Confederate Lost Cause
The setting is the piney woods of Civil War Jones County, Mississippi. The white farmer Newt Knight leads a band of deserters against Confederate forces. An enslaved woman, Rachel, lends invaluable aid to this Knight Band. After gaining her freedom, she spends the rest of her life as Newt’s partner.
These events are a great story—and even better history. This summer, Free State of Jones will bring to movie theaters across the country a thrilling and relatively unknown tale of …