Americans have good reason to remember the sweetness, and the deaths, of the countless real-world Tartletons—and never to dishonor those who grieve for them. But what about its politics? The slaves were often portrayed in a stereotypical manner, including using them as comic relief.
Grandparents, and possibly even parents, would have been around at the time; for millions of people, memories would be fresh.
The book is enthralling, and it casts a spell. When it appeared inthe book was an immediate sensation. Although Mitchell was writing a novel, she and her family felt it was important that the effects of the War and Reconstruction on the South, especially Georgia, should be recorded faithfully.
It was a time when the public was still capable of reading long books — years before television and other electronic distractions diminished the attention spans of Americans.
Additionally, there are no truly rebellious slaves beyond the ones living in the shanty town. That is an important virtue, even if one set of convictions is clearly right and another clearly wrong. Mitchell is interested in individuals rather than ideologies or apologetics.
To reach as much of the public as possible, Mrs.