Class Notes

While the 1939 movie Gone with the Wind is one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces of all time, it also did more to push the Lost Cause Myth than any other movie ever made. In the movie the slaves were happy and loyal, and the Southern cause was just, even if that cause was slavery. At the opening BBQ the men agreed the North would never take away their slaves. All southern men were honorable, and the southern ladies supported the cause to the end. As much as I agree the movie does not give an accurate portrayal of the War and is extremely racist, I also do not think it should be canceled, I am after all showing it in class. Instead, it should be seen as a monument in time, a snapshot of history, 1939 America, and how the people at that time saw their history. The movie is a primary source and if understood that way can lead to positive conversations and examples of how society has changed. As with all movies of past generations it should not be removed but explained and the baby should not be thrown out with the bathwater.

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