"What was the real origin of "Gone With The Wind"? Margaret Mitchell referred to a simple incident in her childhood. One afternoon, her mother took her on a buggy ride through the countryside around Atlanta, showing her all the once proud plantation homes that stood in crumbling shame from the Civil War, and others that were symbols of revival and progress. The impression never left her. "Gone With The Wind", she said, was the story of Georgians who survived and those who didn't."
"I chose the Civil War period to write about because I was raised on it," she once said. "As a child I heard everything about it, except that the Confederates lost."