Swept Away

Rhett and Scarlett from “Gone With The Wind” 1939

So…I got swept away in a whirlwind of research. In other words, I’ve spent weeks working on a series, trying to put Gone With The Wind as a movie in some context. The results appeared on Emerging Civil War blog originally and here are the links.

Gone With The Wind: Some Thoughts, Part 1 – the introduction and readable thesis statement

Gone With The Wind: Some Thoughts, Part 2 – Hattie McDaniel’s life and movie role

Gone With The Wind: Some Thoughts, Part 3 – the movie in 1930’s & 1940’s Hollywood and society

Gone With The Wind: Some Thoughts, Part 4 – feelings associated with the movie over the decades

Gone With The Wind: Some Thoughts, Part 5 – thinking about the movie as a form of art

Happy reading?


Of Poetry and Photographs

Escaped Slaves heading north toward the protection of a Union Army.

It’s been one of those weeks… With a new book in the final stages of editing and a surprise list of tasks from the editors and publishers, I did not have a chance to write the article about the Underground Railroad that I had hoped to write for Gazette665’s Friday.

However, I might be able to do double posts for next week, and for this Friday, I offer two articles that I wrote for Emerging Civil War’s Black History Month series in 2018 and 2019. Continue reading

Tea With Sarah: Presidential Libraries, ECW, and Harp

Good afternoon, it’s time for tea!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for everyone and we didn’t have any specific questions for conversation today, so I get to practice my conversation skills by starting some topics and hopefully, you’ll add your own comments below.

If I was hosting a REAL tea this afternoon, Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies would be the treat and probably Vanilla Tea to drink. I’ve tried a new blend of vanilla flavored black tea this week and it’s full of subtle, delicious flavor.

Cream or sugar? And pass the cookies again… Continue reading

A Change In Plans Because of Monumental Happenings

(Public Domain Image)


I had intended to write a blog post for the Reconstruction Era series this evening and discussion Andrew Johnson’s impeachment and trial. However, there has been a change of plans.

If you follow modern news, you’ve seen the situation unfolding over Confederate monuments. That prompted some phone calls and long email chains at Emerging Civil War where I help with blog managing, and the ECW team decided to put together a series to discuss the current events…and we had to act quickly. The time I would normally have devoted to research and writing here at Gazette665 got shifted to the emerging series. Continue reading