The film recounts the life of Scarlett O'Hara, a plantation owner's daughter, whose personal love drama unfolds during the American Civil War, a conflict between northern and southern states. After her parents' death the girl had to take the responsibility of managing the ancestral estate called Tara.
The O'Hara's property is also a workplace for twelve slaves whose image is quite romanticized — they are depicted as well-treated and loyal workers. According to numerous critics, this is at terrible variance with the reality when enslaved people literally survived their masters' work demands.
A special place in the picture belongs to Mammy, a slave close to Scarlett and the main character's nurse since birth. Scarlett's attitude to Mammy is shown in something bigger than just a good light — their relationship resembles lovely mother-daughter ones. Hattie McDaniel who played the role of Mammy became the first African-American to win an Oscar for the performance during The Twelfth Academy Awards ceremony in 1940. However, racial prejudices gradually coming up at that time didn't let the actress relish her triumph — the ceremony was held at a whites-only theater and Ms. McDaniel had to sit at a segregated table in the back of the hall apart from her colleagues.
Notwithstanding the fact that the movement for racial equality is gaining momentum, this isn't an excuse for falsifying self-evident historical facts. Slavery in the United States has been legal for a bit less than a century, but it's long gone and left far in the past. For now it's no more than a tragic part of the national history and it doesn't have to do with the modern world and people in it, irrespective of their skin color. The memory about those times should serve as a lesson for all people. This is something that was wrong centuries ago and what mustn't be repeated ever again.