By Vikki Bynum In October, 1868, and August, 1869, Rep. Cuffee Mayo of Granville County, North Carolina, gathered with a group of mostly mixed-race men to sign petitions
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.
by Gregg Andrews, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History Texas State University On the evening of Friday, April 29, 1921, a frenzied white mob stormed the Chicago & Alton Railroad depot in Bowling […]
Victoria Bynum to Discuss Hollywood, the Civil War, and “The Free State of Jones” at The University of New Hampshire
Dissent, Desertion, and Unionism in the Confederate South: My Interview with “Red Strings & Maroons”
By Vikki Bynum I first learned about the Red Strings—known formally as “The Heroes of America“—in 1983 while researching Civil War dissenters, deserters, and guerrilla bands in the North Carolina State Archives. The […]
March 26, 2019: The University of Central Arkansas and I Meet to View and Discuss the Free State of Jones!
Fans of Historians At The Movies, this is a special week! Join us this Sunday, October 14 at 8pm Eastern on @netflix for FREE STATE OF JONES. Joining us will be its […]
It’s always nice to receive praise for one’s work that is unsolicited, unexpected, and unequivocally positive! The following commentary about slavery, which proclaims The Free State of Jones one of “two of […]
By Ed Payne In 2010, Renegade South host Vikki Bynum told the story of Charles Landrum’s murder and the subsequent trial of Thomas Lyons (Lyon, Lynes, Lines) and his son Thomas Morgan […]
I recently returned from the Spring Creek Campus of Collin College in Plano, Texas, where I delivered the keynote address, “The Free State of Jones: Class, Kinship, and Revolt in Civil War […]
I’m excited to announce that The Free State of Jones (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001, 2016) is featured on the new National Humanities alliance website! The National Humanities Alliance […]