History Is Elementary: Slavery: Not Quite Gone with the Wind

On this day in 1936, Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind was published

Slavery: Not Quite Gone with the Wind

In case you haven't been paying attention: For several years, conceptual poet and defense attorney Vanessa Place has been retyping, word for word, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. She uses as her Twitter profile pic a photo of Academy Award-winner Hattie McDaniel, who played “Mammy” in Victor Fleming’s film adaptation of the novel. For Place’s background image, she uses a cropped illustration of a black woman from the cover of a piece of sheet music called —an image widely regarded as offensive. Even Place would agree that it's offensive.

How movie theaters, TV networks, and classrooms are changing the way they show Gone With the Wind.

An essay or paper on Gone With The Wind

For though the essay may have “flair and sparkle” (as one teacher expressed it), it is a poor example of evaluative reasoning, since it systematically confuses the objective goal of reasoned evaluation with the very different goal of explaining subjective preference, an important distinction in critical thinking which the teacher-evaluators apparently missed entirely.

Sample of Gone With The Wind Essay ..

If the comment above sounds too critical of the use of the break in the middle of the second line, let me add that this method becomes very interesting if one is working with parallels. Perhaps that is what Helen was noticing - the difference between the sleeping child and man on the porch. Parallels were learned by the Japanese from the Chinese andoften used successfully in haiku and tanka.

New Approaches to “Gone with the Wind ..