By Victoria E. Bynum
Among overdue 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of accomplice deserters battled accomplice cavalry within the Piney Woods zone of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight corporation after their captain, Newton Knight, they organize headquarters within the swamps of the Leaf River, the place, legend has it, they declared the loose kingdom of Jones. the tale of the Jones County uprising is widely known between Mississippians, and debate over even if the county truly seceded from the country through the battle has smoldered for greater than a century. including additional controversy to the legend is the tale of Newt Knight's interracial romance along with his wartime companion, Rachel, a slave. From their courting there constructed a mixed-race group that persisted lengthy after the Civil struggle had ended, and the ambiguous racial id in their descendants confounded the principles of segregated Mississippi good into the 20 th century.Victoria Bynum strains the origins and legacy of the Jones County rebellion from the yankee Revolution to the trendy civil rights flow. In bridging the distance among the mythical and the genuine loose nation of Jones, she indicates how the legend--what was once informed, what was once adorned, and what used to be left out--reveals very much concerning the South's transition from slavery to segregation; the racial, gender, and sophistication politics of the interval; and the contingent nature of historical past and reminiscence.