New Meetup: Dinner and Discussion September Meetup

From: Virginia
Sent on: Thursday, August 20, 2009 10:52 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Dinner and Discussion!

What: Dinner and Discussion September Meetup

When: September 16,[masked]:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

We will be reading The State of Jones by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer.

Amazon Best of the Month, July 2009: Make room in your understanding of the Civil War for Jones County, Mississippi, where a maverick small farmer named Newton Knight made a local legend of himself by leading a civil war of his own against the Confederate authorities. Anti-planter, anti-slavery, and anti-conscription, Knight and thousands of fellow poor whites, army deserters, and runaway slaves waged a guerrilla insurrection against the secession that at its peak could claim the lower third of Mississippi as pro-Union territory. Knight, who survived well beyond the war (and fathered more than a dozen children by two mothers who lived alongside each other, one white and one black), has long been a notorious, half-forgotten figure, and in The State of Jones journalist Sally Jenkins and Harvard historian John Stauffer combine to tell his story with grace and passion. Using court transcripts, family memories, and other sources--and filling the remaining gaps with stylish evocations of crucial moments in the wider war--Jenkins and Stauffer connect Knight's unruly crusade to a South that, at its moment of crisis, was anything but solid

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http://bookclub.meetup.com/1066/calendar/11156751/

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