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* Tearjerker:
** The 4 men getting hung for trying to surrender is a rough scene. As most of them were just kids.

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* Tearjerker:
** The 4 men getting hung for trying to surrender is a rough scene. As most of them were just kids.

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* RebelliousRebel: The film centers on a group of disgruntled white farmers and fugitive slaves rising up to fight the Confederacy, which itself was deemed the "rebels". Jones County, Mississippi secedes from the Confederacy just as the Confederate States did.

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* CompositeCharacter: Moses is completely fictional, and based off of more than one escaped slave that Newt met.

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* MightyWhitey: Downplayed eventually. While Newt does arm the escaped group of slaves and becomes the leader even when other white Southerners join in, once Jones becomes a free state they decide that they should have no leader.


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* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: The film's starting point is the Battle of Corinth in 1862 when it was becoming clear the Confederacy's chances of victory were low. It extends into the post-war Reconstruction period as well.



* TheKlan: The KKK is shown during the Reconstruction years, murdering blacks who try to vote or register others such as Moses. Unfortunately [[TheBadGuyWins they succeed]] in largely preventing them from voting.



* TheMedic: Newt serves as one while in the Confederate Army, but can't save his young nephew. This causes him to desert.



* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: The film's starting point is the Battle of Corinth in 1862 when it was becoming clear the Confederacy's chances of victory were low. It extends into the post-war Reconstruction period as well.
* TheKlan: The KKK is shown during the Reconstruction years, murdering blacks who try to vote or register others such as Moses. Unfortunately [[TheBadGuyWins they succeed]] in largely preventing them from voting.
* TheMedic: Newt serves as one while in the Confederate Army, but can't save his young nephew. This causes him to desert.


* WarIsHell: Newt firmly believes this after having seen fighting up close, carrying wounded soldiers off to surgery, in contrast with others, and feels that his nephew was killed for nothing.

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* WarIsHell: Newt firmly believes this after having seen fighting up close, carrying wounded soldiers off to surgery, in contrast with others, others who believe they fight for honor, and feels that his nephew was killed for nothing.


* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Newt comes to believe this after seeing how the slaves are treated (he doesn't own any himself, like many Southern farmers during that period) and his Aunt Sally helps slaves escape into the swamps. The former slaves naturally agree, with Moses proclaiming that "You cannot own a child of God", to Newt's approval.

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* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Newt comes to believe this after seeing how the slaves are treated (he doesn't own any himself, like many other poor Southern farmers during that period) and his Aunt Sally helps slaves escape into the swamps. The former slaves naturally agree, with Moses proclaiming that "You cannot own a child of God", to Newt's quiet approval.


* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Newt comes to believe this after seeing how the slaves are treated (he doesn't own any himself) and his Aunt Sally helps slaves escape into the swamps. The former slaves naturally agree, with Moses proclaiming that "You cannot own a child of God", to Newt's approval.

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* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Newt comes to believe this after seeing how the slaves are treated (he doesn't own any himself) himself, like many Southern farmers during that period) and his Aunt Sally helps slaves escape into the swamps. The former slaves naturally agree, with Moses proclaiming that "You cannot own a child of God", to Newt's approval.

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* DefectorFromDecadence: Newton Knight, who leads Jones County in rebellion against the Confederacy along with a number of other disillusioned Confederate deserters.

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* GroinAttack: The Klansmen castrate Moses before hanging him.


''Free State of Jones'' is a 2016 film chronicling the little-known story of Newton Knight, a white farmer in Mississippi who led an armed revolt by disgruntled farmers and escaped slaves against the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Together, they declare that Jones County, Mississippi and the surrounding region is [[TitleDrop "the free state of Jones"]], seceding from the Confederacy.

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''Free State of Jones'' is a 2016 film chronicling the little-known story of Newton Knight, Knight (played by Creator/MatthewMcConaughey), a white farmer in Mississippi who led an armed revolt by disgruntled farmers and escaped slaves against the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Together, they declare that Jones County, Mississippi and the surrounding region is [[TitleDrop "the free state of Jones"]], seceding from the Confederacy.

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* DoomedMoralVictor: It's pretty clear to anyone who knows about the events after the American Civil War that the freedmen and white supporters such as Newton Knight will not make out well. For Newt, his "victory" is simply surviving, while former slave Moses is not so lucky.


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* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: The film's starting point, at the Battle of Corinth in 1863 when it was becoming clear the Confederacy's chances of victory were low. It extends into the post-war Reconstruction period as well.

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* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: The film's starting point, at point is the Battle of Corinth in 1863 1862 when it was becoming clear the Confederacy's chances of victory were low. It extends into the post-war Reconstruction period as well.

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