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Victoria E. Bynum

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627052

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627052.001.0001

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Reconstruction and Redemption

Reconstruction and Redemption

The Politics of Race, Class, and Manhood in Jones County

(p.131) Chapter Seven Reconstruction and Redemption
"The Free State of Jones, Movie Edition"

Victoria E. Bynum

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines Reconstruction as a battleground for political power between pro-Union and pro-Confederate voters of Jones County. In 1865, Jones County Unionists successfully challenged the 1864 election of Confederate officeholders; pro-Confederate citizens responded by convincing the Mississippi legislature to change the name of Jones County to (Jefferson) Davis County. The chapter also identifies local Unionists who received political appointments during Republican Reconstruction and details Newt Knight’s political career and efforts to gain federal compensation for the Knight Company between 1865 and 1875. Meanwhile, Newt and Rachel Knight had several children together, producing an openly mixed-race community in Soso, Jones County. The chapter ends by detailing the comeback of pro-Confederate politicians, the New South’s implementation of the Lost Cause version of the Civil War, and the early stages of imposed racial segregation.

Keywords:   Reconstruction, Republican Party, Davis County, Mississippi, Newt Knight, Adelbert Ames, Amos Deason, Rachel Knight, Knight community, Segregation, Lost Cause history

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