The Truth of the Matter....
Regarding the Strength of Southern Women as
portrayed by the film, "Gone With the Wind".
In 1939, the eve of America's involvement in another war
of aggression, MGM produced it masterpiece, the
Civil War Epic, "Gone With the Wind" and thus introduced
millions of Americans to Hollywood's version of the
South during the Civil War; but was this the real South?
The OCR strives to preserve the truth of the matter that
women during this period were strong and resilient women
who fought to keep their homes, farms and shops
operating while their husbands were off fighting in the
Women at the time weren't just the "stand by your man"
type, but much like women in WWII, they had to act as
temporary replacements for men in positions that they
weren't even perceived qualified for by most men of the
time. Some of the of jobs today that are
considered "women's jobs", nursing and teaching for
example, were considered "male" oriented jobs, yet women
had to step in and take over those positions during the
war, as well as work in factories, tend the farms,
become attorneys, doctors, financiers, newspaper
reporters, etc. Some even became spies or worked near
the battle front and traveled with the armies. Some took
on employment disguised as men; working on barges, book
salesmen, and even fought in the ranks as soldiers.
The OCR strives to educate the public with the truth
about the many challenges and accomplishments that the
Women of the Civil War faced and achieved.
So, remember, even though Scarlet sat on her lawn
uttering "Fiddle Dee Dee!" at the beginning of the film,
by the end of the film she had been a nurse, seamstress,
farmer, business women, land owner, and Widow.
That is the truth about Southern Women.