The Atlanta-born author Margaret Mitchell penned one of history's great novels. But if it were the final word on African-Americans, many blacks say, it leaves a lot to be desired. Racial complaints are a part of the book's 75 year history. But so are other chapters of Mitchell's enigmatic life.
As a girl Margaret Mitchell spent many nights attending suffragist rallies with her mother. Mitchell always said the characters in her novel were products of her imagination. But it’s likely Maybelle Mitchell’s influence wove its way into her daughter’s book. A passionate campaigner for women’s rights she urged her daughter to get a good education and be able to support herself.
This month marks the 75th anniversary of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind”. The classic American novel is a tale of romance set in old Atlanta during the Civil War and reconstruction. In the first of a three-part series on Mitchell, Noel Brown of WACG in Augusta has this profile of the woman who brought the story to life.