Free State Of Jones (2016)

Free State of Jones


Written and directed by four-time Oscar® nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.

Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.

Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.


Newt Knight is a hero in my mind, as is Eric Snowden. Both of these guys have the balls and heart to stand up to larger forces and the cleverness to evade capture.

From a historical perspective, I did not know about “black dark skinned apprenticeships,” “illegal race marriages,” etc. I am appalled by the treatment of the ignorance of men that feel superior to others. It’s just disgusting and closely relates to what is happening today; I am not afraid to say that I think BLM (Black Lives Matter) et. al. are making more noise than backing a significant cause. I would like to put anyone of them in a situation police face and see their reaction. The dark-skinned people back then had NO RIGHTS: they were property. Today’s dark-skinned people do have rights; looting and destroying property just confirms their ignorance and disrespects every slave that suffered. I am not afraid to say that is is always dark-skinned people on the other end of a gun no matter if it’s police are their own.

But I digress, the compassion and common sense Newt applied to his life and others was exceptional: the kind of behavior that makes people like me helpless when it comes to falling in love.