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Curator's Note:

When Margaret Mitchell published Gone With the Wind in 1936, she jokingly said if all her friends and family bought it, it might sell a few hundred copies. After the novel made publishing history by selling a million copies in six months during the Great Depression, Mitchell was stunned. “I’m flabbergasted.”

 

Seventy-five years later, the world still “gives a damn” about Gone With the Wind. The novel, now published in 40 languages, sells 250,000 copies each year; the movie is the highest grossing film ever; and Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler are household names.

 

Georgia Public Broadcasting decided to take a fresh look at the novel’s author in a new documentary, Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel. The videos included are either outgrowths from stories told in the program or brand new stories that we didn’t have time to tell, but definitely need telling.

 

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The premiere of the blockbuster movie Gone With the Wind took place in Atlanta on December 15, 1939. But this was no ordinary movie-going event. With crowds swelling to the hundreds of thousands, it was apparent the South had been waiting a long time for this moment. For many, Margaret Mitchell’s story of survival helped to redeem the South from decades of pain and suffering experienced after the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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