The film takes place during the American Civil War and he makes the brave farmer Newt Knight, defying forces with the army of the Southern Confederacy. Newt and drew alongside and small farmers, but also places slaves. Their revolt has secured victory in Jones County residents Mississippi against Confederation, and led to the creation of the Free State of Jones.
Newt Knight was noted as a rebellious and controversial figure, whose fame was spread beyond the Civil War. Married to a former slave, Rachel and living in a mixed community, he was involved in rebuilding South furiously after the war.