New York Times Book Review
[This] book should be praised as an original and cogent piece of scholarship on a devilishly complicated and demanding subject.
"Bynum shows how future historians might convincingly knit together the all too-often disparate fields of political, ideological, gender, and racial histories.
(Virginia Quarterly Review
"Powerful, revisionist, and timely, Bynum's book combines superb history with poignant analysis of historical memory and southern racial mores.
"The Free State of Jones
is clearly a story that needs to be told, and Bynum has done impressive research to bring it to a modern audience.
(Altina L. Waller, University of Connecticut )"
"Few communities fought as much of the war on their own terms or generated as distorted yet profound a legacy afterward as did the men and women of this renegade county in Mississippi's Piney Woods. It's a fascinating story.
(John C. Inscoe, coauthor of The Heart of Confederate Appalachia: Western North Carolina in the Civil War
From the Inside Flap
Across a century, Victoria Bynum reinterprets the cultural, social, and political meaning of Mississippi's longest civil war, waged in the Free State of Jones, the southeastern Mississippi county that was home to a Unionist stronghold during the Civil War and home to a large and complex mixed-race community in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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