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Maybelle Stephens Mitchell, Southern Suffragist

The most important person in Margaret Mitchell’s life was her mother Maybelle Stephens Mitchell. Maybelle was a powerful public figure who fought in the first two decades of the 20th century to get women the right to vote. Mitchell was in awe of her mother and felt she could never live up to her mother’s expectations. Unfortunately, Maybelle died during the terrible outbreak of influenza that swept the globe in 1919. In that same year, the 19th U.S. Constitutional Amendment passed, guaranteeing voting rights for women. Maybelle never got to see the fruits of her own labor, and just as important, she did not live to see her daughter write Gone With the Wind.

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