Posted by: CJ | December 3, 2010

Margaret Mitchell and the Rust Belt

According to Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind, she was 12 or so before she realized the South lost the Civil War.

I feel somewhat like Mitchell. In my hometown, deep in the Rust Belt, there is a fact so utterly obvious that no one needs to mention it. But they feel felt compelled to point out the area’s better qualities to avoid it. The fact is that (almost) no one from outside the area is moving there to start a business or raise a family.

(Unlike Mitchell, this had been mentioned to me several times before I moved west. But I didn’t have the context to really understand what it meant.)

And, in its own way, that’s just as hurtful a thing to say and point out about the Rust Belt now as the South losing would have been in Mitchell’s youth.

Not sure what to make of it, but it seems like an interesting parallel to me.


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