This morning CBS’s Sunday Morning program ran a very nice segment on Matthew Mcconaughey and the upcoming movie, the Free State of Jones. It’s well worth watching. Mcconaughey is interviewed alongside director Gary Ross, a local historian related to the Knight family, and two members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. I was hoping to hear more from the SCV members, but it is clear that they have nothing constructive to offer about the movie or the history of Newton Knight and Jones County. The others rightfully point out the movie’s relevance to our own time and its place in the ongoing erosion of the Lost Cause narrative.
I am spending the day re-reading sections of Vikki Bynum’s brilliant book, The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, in preparation for a movie review that I hope to publish at The Daily Beast. As many of you know, the movie is based on Bynum’s book.[Uploaded to YouTube on March 5, 2016]