Gone With The Wind Read-a-Long: Week One

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Week One (through May 16): The Author-
Who is Margaret Mitchell? 

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was born in 1900, in Atlanta, Georgia. She died in 1949, also in Atlanta, Georgia. Mitchell's family was wealthy. Her father was an attorney. She attended a private girl's school. She was an avid reader and writer in her youth. She attended Smith College for one year. She was a strong-willed and irreverent flapper girl. Her first marriage began in 1922, ending in divorce. A second marriage was in 1925, and lasted until her death. She worked as a journalist at the Atlanta Journal. Her first and only novel was Gone With The Wind. While working on Gone With The Wind, she read and studied erotica. A novella and other writings from her early years have been published posthumously.

Why do you think she may have written this book?
From reading what her biographies have stated, she had the idea to write a historical fiction story, from the Civil War and Reconstruction true stories she'd heard as a youth. I believe her talent was in writing. She probably had a "gut-feeling" that she could turn-out a red hot romantic story. I don't believe she expected to win a National Book Award, nor a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. I don't believe she expected the book would become a movie. I believe she hoped the book would bring in financial help.

What do I think about the slang terms, slave theme, and other hard to read subject matter?
Heavy sigh. Abuse is hard to read and harder to live through. 
Condescending words and phrases are used throughout the book. Indifferent and ignorant of the feelings and respect of others is just not an issue to white men at this period in history. Some men were involved in the push for freedom for all black men and women. Of course, the Indian Wars will not heat up until after the Civil War. Native American peoples have value and deserve to be free as well. 
I'm only 100 pages into the book and the war has not begun. The slaves that I've read about work in the plantation home at Tara. I have not read about those slaves working in the fields. I have not read about the break-up of families. Things so far are not "violent," but they are not free nor are they respected as humans. They are chattel. 


Links for further reading:
Wikipedia
Atlanta History Center
Biography
PBS American Masters



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