By Vikki Bynum I’m excited to announce today’s release of The Free State of Jones by Duckworth Publishers of the UK! The same content appears in the University of North Carolina’s movie […]
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 Vikki Bynum In a recent interview with historian Megan Kate Nelson for the Journal of the Society of Civil War Historians, Megan and I discussed my perspective on the upcoming movie, […]
News flash: While conducting Civil War research at the National Archives, historian Adam Domby recently discovered a letter from Chattanooga, Tennessee, that provides a striking contemporary description of Jones County deserters and […]
The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War Written by: Victoria E. Bynum Narrated by: Mahershala Ali, Victoria E. Bynum Length: Not Yet Known Unabridged Audiobook Actor Mahershala Ali performs the […]
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 […]
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 the […]