Matthew McConaughey stars in The Free State of Jones, as Newton Knight, a fellow from Mississippi. He is a loyal Confederate during the American Civil War but then later fails it and takes a group of similar minded trops with him to carve out the Free State. In the film, Newton acts as the protagonist – Knight also marries a slave, which charts the first publicised mixed race marriages in the South, fought against the Confederates from within the newly created state. 

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