The publication of Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind in 1936, followed by the release of its landmark film adaptation in 1939, inspired a generation of readers and moviegoers to yearn to travel to Tara, the fictional Georgia home of Mitchell’s pampered heroine, Scarlett O’Hara. Opened in 1963 at the new Stone Mountain Park, 15 miles northeast of Atlanta, the Antebellum Plantation catered to tourists wishing to catch a glimpse of the storybook Old South (Figure 1). The state of Georgia had promoted the state park project since its 1958 purchase of Stone Mountain, a 1,686-foot-high granite monadnock bearing the scars of an unfinished Confederate memorial. One of the first private concessions to open at the park, the Antebellum Plantation became integral to a renewed effort to complete the memorial and to transform the surrounding acres into a landscape of recreation, amusement, and veneration of the Confederacy....

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