Monday, February 20, 2012

Office Hours: What Rhett Misses in Gone With the Wind

Greetings Cosmic Americans!

Melissa from Indiana wanted me to talk a little about the scene in Gone With the Wind where Rhett enumerates the Union advantages, essentially foretelling Confederate demise. He did a nice job spoiling everyone's brandy, cigars, and dreams of victory...but he missed an important Confederate advantage. Have a look at the video to find out.

This is one of several posts I will be doing this week that deal in some fashion with the film Gone With the Wind. Arguably, this film has done more to "teach" people about the Civil War era than any other. I continue to use it as a teaching tool - not for its accuracies, but as a way to get at how many Americans (especially white southern Americans) understood the conflict in the mid-twentieth century.



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