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Thanks to “The Making of Gone With The Wind” Members’ Preview participants

By Christine Lee

The Harry Ransom Center thanks our generous sponsors who helped make Friday’s The Making of Gone with the Wind event a success. Guests enjoyed a preview of the Center’s The Making of Gone with the Wind exhibition with barbeque sandwiches from Freedmen’s. Walton’s Fancy and Staple added a sweet touch with their southern-themed desserts.


The Ransom Center’s theater presented screentests of actresses auditioning for the role of Scarlett O’Hara, footage from the Atlanta premier, and clips from the 1939 Academy Awards. Guests posed for photos in front of Tara and entered to win two prize packages. The “Lucky Eight” prize package featured local treats, including a stay at Hotel San Jose, gift cards for Spider House and Freedmen’s, horseback lessons at Bel Canto Farms, a selection of books and subscription to Texas Monthly, champagne from Austin Wine Merchant, and film-themed surprises, including a membership at Austin Film Society, one year of rentals at I Luv Video, and tickets and drink vouchers at Alamo Drafthouse.


Premier exhibition sponsor Turner Classic Movies donated a robust prize package with DVDs and movie night essentials.


The Ransom Center would also like to thank the Cain Foundation, Capital Metro, and HEB for their generous exhibition support.


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Image: Guests enjoy the members’ preview event for The Making of Gone With The Wind.


Victor Jasti

Gone with the Wind – Part II
Victor Jasti

A Partridge Publication
A Penguin Random House Company

The American Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865, between Southern slave states which declared their secession, and the states that remained in the Union or the North. The war produced heroes as well as widows, but the pity was, the widows were forced to keep on fighting for their survival, even after the war was over.

Scarlett O’Hara made a pretty picture that bright April afternoon of 1861, at Tara, her father’s plantation, having hundreds of slaves, producing cotton abundantly and riding the high tide of prosperity. War liberated the slaves, making her grow her own food, but her family resisted, as they were not accustomed to work hard under the scorching Sun. War made her venture into business so that she can make money, to pay taxes, to buy seeds, but the society scorned, as they are not used to a woman take up a man’s job, and make it a success. It was only Rhett Butler, who stood by her that made the effort worthwhile. War made Rhett Butler a blockade runner, bringing in arms and ammunitions to the embattled South, but when blockaded goods realized two thousand per cent, Rhett was ostracized by the same South.

Rhett married Scarlett, twice widowed and mother of two, fully aware that she loves Ashley. And when Melanie, Ashley’s wife, died of miscarriage, Rhett said it would be very convenient for Scarlett to divorce him, so that her dream to marry Ashley would come true. But when she refused, Rhett assured, that he would visit her often enough, to keep up the pretence that they were still married.

But Scarlett did the impossible. She brought him back. Brought him back, from the time Rhett drew a short breath and said lightly but softly: ‘My dear, I don’t give a damn.’

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