by Vikki Bynum Make no mistake—those who write about and those who just plain love Mississippi history were excited this past week to learn more about The Free State of Jones! On […]
I'm a historian of the nineteenth century South who taught U. S. history at Texas State University, San Marcos, for almost 25 years. My research interests center on people who lived outside the law--not necessarily "outlaws" as we might imagine them, but outside the law nonetheless. The southern Civil War home front, including Unionists and other men and women who fought against the Confederacy, mixed race communities, and racial identity are my special interests.
Richard Grant’s recent article in Smithsonian Magazine, “The True Story of The Free State of Jones,” is chock full of interesting interviews about Mississippi’s most famous band of renegades, and well worth […]
By Vikki Bynum From the cover of the Movie Edition of The Free State of Jones: Between late 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in […]
By Vikki Bynum Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: Other Sides of Civil War Texas, the much-anticipated anthology edited by distinguished historian Jesus F. de la Teja,* makes its debut from the […]
By Vikki Bynum I enjoyed watching the Free State of Jones trailer yesterday, and I know from reading my email and comments on Facebook that many of you did, too! Not only […]
On January 10, 1966, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Vernon Dahmer, Sr., a courageous, forward-thinking Civil Rights leader, was murdered by white supremacists associated with the Ku Klux Klan. Today, I’m honored to […]
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