The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting 15th November 2012
The President called the meeting to order at 7:45pm. A large attendance (close to thirty souls) recited the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Gildo Lopez.
Many members had brought guests, who were introduced and welcomed.
Mike Green, of the San Joaquin Valley CWRT, announced that they will be hosting the 2013 West Coast Civil War Conference in November. Details to follow.
Debbie Grace announced that the Walnut Creek Library will present an exhibit entitled "Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War" from December 14th to February 8th. More here.
Our guest speaker was Barbara Goulter who gave an enthralling discussion of her book "Giving a Damn about Scarlett and why we still do." Although Gone With The Wind is often dismissed as a "hoop skirts and mint julep plantation romance" it nonetheless continues to maintain huge worldwide popularity. Barbara believes that this is because the book covers issues that resonate with people on multiple levels. It has been particularly well received in countries which had suffered invasion, just as the South was invaded by the North. She discussed the curious life of author Margaret Mitchell and how the book echoed Mitchel's own upbringing.
A spirited discussion followed, covering the Movie vs the Book, the absence of any other work by Margaret Mitchell, despite her fame, and her untimely end in a traffic accident.
The meeting concluded at 9:00pm and members eagerly lined up to have Barbara autograph copies of her book.