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Gone With the Wind was released on this day in 1939

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TARA (TAR-uh)

Fictional plantation of Gone with the Wind
Common clues: Scarlett's place, Gone with the Wind plantation; Mitchell mansion; O'Hara home; Neighbor of Twelve Oaks; Where one might catch Scarlett fever?
Crossword puzzle frequency: 7 times a year
Frequency in English language: 13521 / 86800
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Carol Burnett – Gone With The Wind


Land is the only thing in the world that amounts to anything, for 'Tis the only thing in this world that lasts, 'Tis the only thing worth working for, worth fighting for - worth dying for. ~ Margaret Mitchell


Tara, the fictional plantation found in Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind, is actually located in Jonesboro, Georgia. As the locale of the final, decisive defeat of the Confederate defenders in the Battle of Atlanta, Jonesboro and its surrounding farmland realized historical significance.




Mitchell modeled Tara after local plantations and antebellum establishments. Twelve Oaks, another neighboring plantation in the novel, is now the name of many businesses and one high school stadium in nearby Lovejoy.


In the novel Gone With the Wind the plantation was founded by Irish immigrant Gerald O'Hara when he won a section (640 acres) of land from its absentee owner during an all night poker game. Very much an Irish peasant farmer rather than the merchant his elder brothers (whose emigrations to Savannah brought him to Georgia) wanted him to be, Gerald relished the thought of being a planter and gave his mostly wilderness and uncultivated new lands the grandiose name of Tara after the hill of Tara, once the capitol of the High King of ancient Ireland. He borrowed money from his brothers and bankers to buy slaves and over several years turned the farm into a very successful cotton plantation.


At 43 Gerald married Ellen Robillard, a Savannah born Huguenot aristocrat twenty-eight years his junior, and received as dowry twenty slaves (including Mammy, Ellen's nurse who will be nurse to Ellen's daughters and grandchildren as well). His young bride too a very real interest in the management of the plantation, in some ways more hands on than her husband, and with her dowry money and the rise of cotton prices Tara grew to a plantation of more than 1,000 acres and more than 100 slaves by the dawn of the Civil War.





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