Gone with the Wind, released in 1939, is the highest-grossing film of all time. Based on Margaret Mitchell's novel published a few years earlier, it is a story of romance set against the backdrop of the civil war and reconstruction era. But, as Sarah Churchwell tells Don, it whitewashes the horrors of slavery, while condemning those who abolished it. And it is not alone. This is something that has happened in the media and popular culture since the civil war and continues today.
Produced by Benjie Guy. Mixed by Joseph Knight. Senior Producer: Charlotte Long.