Trump loves ‘Gone With the Wind.’ Historians, not so much.Historians in the News
tags: Oscars, Gone With the Wind, Trump
President Trump, whose grades in history classes have long been buried, added a new riff to his shtick at a rally in Colorado Springs on Thursday night, bemoaning the film “Parasite” — the first foreign-language film to win the Oscar for best picture.
“The winner is … a movie from South Korea! What the hell was that all about? We got enough problems with South Korea with trade,” he said of a close U.S. ally. “Can we get ‘Gone With the Wind’ back, please?”
“Gone With the Wind,” which was not eligible for an Academy Award this year since it was released in 1939, is an epic film based on a best-selling novel about how a Southern white woman experienced the Civil War and Reconstruction.
It was written in an era steeped in the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy,” which framed the slavery-loving South’s secession and defeat as heroic and even patriotic.
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