What ever happened to Scarlett?

March 30th, 2011


This is the link to the first segment of the made for television movie Scarlett, the sequel to Gone With The Wind that we mentioned in class. This miniseries even won an Emmy.. for best hairstyling in a miniseries! The movie was produced in 1994 but I think it is hard to really analyze it along with other Civil War films/books being produced during that time because the producers are trying really really hard to make it like Gone With The Wind. In the end, it really just shows how important that film is still today. YouTube has almost the entire series if you have a strong desire to watch it, but I’m sure that just watching this clip will be enough to persuade you that the rest of Scarlett O’Hara’s story should have been left to the imagination.

Mosby’s Marauders

March 29th, 2011

Mosby’s Marauders is a fictional film that came out in 1966 and was originally titled Willie and the Yank. The film is about a young member of Col. John S. Mosby’s men in northern Virginia who befriends a Union soldier that is stationed across the river from him. Throughout the film, the two help each other when one or the other gets in trouble. The film focuses on Mosby and his men planning and conducting a raid on thousands of northern troops in order to capture their general. They only have about 30 men but are still successful at sneaking in. During this raid, Willie’s Union friend sees them so Willie “takes him prisoner” but really just takes him to his nearby home where he falls in love with Willie’s cousin. The Union troops find out about the wedding planned between Willie’s cousin and his Union friend and decide to sneak in on it and capture all the Mosby men that are attending. Mosby is one step ahead, though, and captures them instead. He doesn’t capture Willie’s friend, though, and allows him to stay and get married.

While this film might be a bit over-dramatic, it offers great insight into perception of the Civil War in the 1960s. Unlike what we have discussed in class, African Americans are not portrayed differently in this film than they were before the Civil Rights movement. In fact, they aren’t portrayed at all. Perhaps this is Disney’s way of ignoring the issue. The movie is not really Lost Cause either, because Mosby’s men never really discuss the causes of the war or their reasons for fighting it. The North is not portrayed as being bad or cruel, just a little slow. Mosby is always portrayed as being more intelligent and cunning than them. In the end, this film actually resembles more of a Western than a Civil War movie but I think this also is telling of the period. In the 1960s, the Lost Cause narrative was fading in film and people were becoming more interested in the battle and individual soldiers. This film is definitely more oriented toward soldiers, and shows friendships between all different kinds, including across sides.

Week 9 Resource – Style Weekly Article

March 16th, 2011


This a link to the article from one of Richmond’s weekly newspapers “Style”. It is basically discussing how Richmond is trying really hard to get a lot of visitors for the sesquicentennial and how they are in competition with every other Civil War museum or memorial site. I find it intriguing that it seems like in every single way the Civil War is brought up, there is some sort of battle involved. Whether a battle over the causes, a battle over the memory, or even over who has the BEST memory, in the end, its always a battle.

Week 8 Resource

March 9th, 2011

This is a link to a newspaper article on the Washington Post’s website about a bus driver in Oregon who was fired because he had a Confederate battle flag bumper sticker on his truck that was parked on school property while he was working. This story is interesting because it is an excellent example that these kinds of issues are definitely still occurring and in places that are as far away as you can possibly get from the South within the United States. It is definitely a nationwide issue. Also, the legal group that is going to represent the bus driver is the Charlottesville, VA based Rutherford Institute, which is the same institute that represented some kids in the book for this week who were fighting to wear the battle flag to school. They must feel extra strong that the battle flag should be represented.