Set during the Civil War, Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. 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. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.Written by
Gary Ross was at Universal Studios discussing future projects when he was handed a page about Newton Knight and his free state and he was instantly intrigued. See more »
When Newton Knight and his young cousin Daniel are sheltering in a rifle pit during a battle, a prominent Philip's head screw can be seen holding the parapet of the rifle pit together. The Philip's head screw wasn't invented until the 1930s. See more »
What are you doin', nigger? That ain't for you. Put it back. Put it back, nigger.
How you ain't?
I said, how you ain't?
How I ain't what?
What he says, Ward, is how you ain't a nigger. I mean, they just pick cotton for 'em. You-You was willin' to get killed for 'em
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