Free State of Jones: Official Trailer

It’s here. The first trailer for “Free State of Jones” starring Matthew McConaughey is now available and it looks incredible. The movie is based on Victoria Bynum’s excellent book, The Free State of Jones, Movie Edition: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, which will soon be re-published by the University of North Carolina Press.

I will be reviewing both the book and the movie, which hits theaters this coming summer, for The Daily Beast. A couple of weeks ago I asked Vikki to reflect on the place of this movie in the context of our recent Civil War memory.

15 thoughts on “Free State of Jones: Official Trailer

  1. Joe

    You won’t be watching it this summer, unless you decide to wait for the DVD or something. Release date is March 11. That’s still winter, dude. Lol. 🙂

    1. Kevin Levin Post author

      Probably not. But what I find funny is that FSOJ tells a story about interracial cooperation, which is exactly what the Confederate heritage types have been pushing for only in support of the Confederacy.

      1. Scott A. MacKenzie

        I saw it yesterday. It’s the anti-Gone With The Wind. General audiences may not like its overlength and flagging pace at times, but historians will forgive those flaws for offering a long overdue and badly needed counter to the dominant white southern narratives shown in film. It’s the best Civil War movie since Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”


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