Books to Read Before They Become Movies
We love a good film.
But—when it comes to storytelling—books rule.
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The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War
The University of North Carolina Press
Matthew McConaughey's penchant for playing unlikely Southern
heroes makes him a perfect fit for the role of farmer Newton Knight
in Free State of Jones
(out June 24. During the Civil War, Knight led a rebellion against the
ultimately launched a mixed-race enclave in the heart of Mississippi. The Jones
County story has been retold often, which is a good reason to check in with
Bynum's valuable historical account. Not only does she go deep on the power
dynamics that made Jones County and Knight such unique Southern figures, but
she also shows how, for 150 years, the story has played a central role in
American folklore about slavery, war and gender.
— Mark Athitakis