This past week in Virginia, I discussed legendary, historical, and cinematic versions of the story of The Free State of Jones for Lynchburg College’s Civil War and Reconstruction Lecture Series. Adding immeasurably to the evening’s excitement and fun were Eunice Smith, a Free State of Jones descendant, and her mother, Deborah Smith (who is descended from North Carolina’s Winton Triangle)!
No sooner did I return from Lynchburg then my copy of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Winter issue of The Southern Quarterly arrived!
The new Quarterly features an interview with me conducted by Dr. Susannah Ural, professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi. Q & A about the causes and the meaning of the Jones County uprising, and specifically about the lives of Newt, Serena, and Rachel Knight, abound.
On the heels of all that, I received my author’s copies of the Chinese version of The Free State of Jones. Nor a bad week for keeping track of a story now known internationally!
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