Race and the Ongoing Battle over the Free State of Jones
This chapter narrates the 135 year debate over the facts and the meaning of the Jones County, Mississippi, uprising known as the Free State of Jones. It begins with Mississippi’s 1948 conviction of Davis Knight—the great-grandson of Civil War guerrilla leader Newt Knight and former slave Rachel Knight—for the crime of miscegenation. From there, “Sacred Wars” analyzes the effects of wartime family divisions, racism, and Lost Cause history on the subsequent folklore and histories that tell the story of the anti-Confederate uprising known as the “Free State of Jones.” The chapter emphasizes that the uprising was a community-wide insurrection against the Confederacy that reflected opposition to secession, class tensions over slavery, and escalating desertion rates reflective of anger over a “rich man’s war and poor man’s fight.
North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.