In May 2015, shooting was scheduled for , with as a filming set. Thank God, because that would have sucked. The old county seat, and ground zero for the Free State of Jones, is Ellisville, now a pleasant, leafy town of 4,500 people. Then he started into Reconstruction. They organized themselves into a company called the Jones County Scouts and unanimously elected Knight as their captain. A few years later, there was a vote on it, and the names were changed back.
Nature was in favour of the man and even when the times were exceptionally odd for his principles to find ground, he endured. Battle scene in the film Check out 4. . Bayliss, who received 24 votes, Powell received 374. Well, this review does not mean to judge the laws of the land nor the way of life of the society.
Gavin points out a site that was a hide-out for Newt Knight. Free State of Jones certainly looks and sounds right, and probably smells right too—these gunky Mississippi battles and unwashed soldiers feel authentic. I drove past many small chicken farms, a large modern factory making transformers and computers, and innumerable Baptist churches. The White Knights are descended from Newt and Serena, are often pro-Confederate, and proud of their pure white bloodlines. Even the liberals carry handguns. We have to tell our young people, do not date in the Soso area.
Wirt Thompson reported that they were now a thousand strong and flying the U. It transcends the time and period when this story takes place. Downtown has some old brick buildings with wrought-iron balconies. In the spring of 1864, the Knight Company overthrew the Confederate authorities in Jones County and raised the United States flag over the county courthouse in Ellisville. A number of factors prompted desertions. Knight… Directed by four-time Oscar R nominee Gary Ross and starring Oscar R 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. After many decades of living in the outside world, they are back in Soso, Mississippi, dealing with prejudice from all directions.
The county was known as the Free State of Jones, and some say it actually seceded from the Confederacy. William Widmer He described Jones County as the most conservative place in Mississippi, but he noted that race relations were improving and that you could see it clearly in the changing attitudes toward Newt Knight. Laurel, the biggest town, stands apart. He is an actual desendent of main character Newton Knight. This little-known, counterintuitive episode in American history has now been brought to the screen in , directed by Gary Ross Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games and starring a grimy, scruffed-up Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight. They named it Jones County after , the early American Naval hero who rose from humble Scottish origin to military success during the American Revolution.
Probably that's the irony of being an industrial civilization. Decennial Census 1790-1960 1900-1990 1990-2000 2010-2013 As of the of 2000, there were 64,958 people, 24,275 households, and 17,550 families residing in the county. You ought to think about studying this. It made me really wish my grandfather was still alive, because we were always saying someone should make a movie about Newt. Their cousin Davis Knight, who looked white and claimed to be white, was tried for the crime of miscegenation in 1948, after marrying a white woman. The story of the Free State of Jones is not merely fascinating. Even in death, he defied them.
He is sentenced to five years in prison, but his conviction is thrown out by the in 1949, rather than risk the law being declared unconstitutional. Newt Knight gives me something in my heritage, as a white Southerner, that I can feel proud about. Jones County courthouse in Ellisville Location within the U. Free State of Jones is a very entertaining film for its performances. When you watch it, you'll find the ridiculousness of it, all the more blatant. Much as Ross wanted to shoot the movie in Jones County, there were irresistible tax incentives to film across the border in Louisiana, and some breathtaking cypress swamps where various cast members were infested with the tiny mites known as chiggers.
In bridging the gap between the legendary and the real Free State of Jones, she shows how the legend reveals a great deal about the South's transition from slavery to segregation. Thank you Gary Ross for sharing this incredible story on silver screen. So Hosey drove up to the locked gate, and then swiped up the relevant photographs on his phone. But, at the Secession Convention, Powell voted for secession. In July 1864, the reported that Jones County had seceded from the Confederacy.
Ross was instantly intrigued, both by the character and the revelation of Unionism in Mississippi, the most deeply Southern state of all. While it aims to improve the status of mankind, it also requires lot of labour. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War. 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. Much like his namesake who discovered theory of Gravity, Newton Knight discovers something about man.
The battlefield shown in the film was shot in Covington, Louisiana. That led into broader reading about other pockets of Unionism in the South. Other Southern states would follow suit. At the Golden Globe 2015, Matthew McConaughey was asked about his growing beard. This part of Mississippi was dubbed the Piney Woods, known for its poverty and lack of prospects. Legend has it that, for his vote, he was burned in effigy in Ellisville, the county seat.