Sunday Liz and I and some neighbors went to see the movie: The Free State of Jones.
Don't miss it.
It is a very well researched and well produced movie about events during the Civil War in Jones County, Ms. involving Newt Knight, his paramour, an escaped slave named Rachel, and their neighbors and families. The story seems fantastic in many ways, but is mostly true.
It ties Civil War events together with Reconstruction and with a 1946 trial of a descendant of Newt and Rachel, who was charged with violating Mississippi's anti-miscegenation laws by marrying a white woman.
The film has obvious connections with current events in Ferguson, Mo., Charleston, etc.
New York Times columnist Charles Blow objects to the film. I think he misses the point. He actually misses several points.
So I want to offer some thoughts that differ from Blow's analysis (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/27/opinion/white-savior-rape-and-romance.html)
1. The film depicts the origin of the observation that the Civil War was a "Rich Man's War and a Poor Man's Fight;
2. The film shows people, both white and black standing up against the power structure of the day, but imperfectly;
3. There are no heroes, just people who did what they had to do;
4. The Civil War was a lot more complicated than Gone With The Wind
I'll say no more for now.