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by Kenneth Baumgardt
The novel, Gone with the Wind, was published on June 30, 1936, and has become the most beloved and best-known novel by an American woman in history. The book, and the movie that followed in 1939, have won world-wide acclaim and recognition. Numerous scholars have written biographies of Margaret Mitchell that have detailed her public persona, and the majority of events in her life.
However, there was a singular deep, dark secret that she kept hidden. Now, at the 70th anniversary of the famed movie, these details have come to light. The complex relationship of Ms. Mitchell with a certain young man framed her life in sorrow and remembrance. Her often misunderstood work can now been seen in more clarity, for it is actually a veiled attempt to memorialize the one, great, abiding love in her life. Ms. Mitchell’s buried secret is now revealed in Scarlett’s Buried Secret.
About the Author
Ken Baumgardt is a professional historian who has been employed in the field of cultural resource management for almost thirty years. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in History with an emphasis in American Studies. Mr. Baumgardt comes from a long line of prominent scholars and educators. Several noted writers are close relatives, including Samuel Kercheval, author of A History of the Valley of Virginia (1833), Zane Grey (January 31, 1872 – October 23, 1939), author of more than ninety works that popularized an image of the Old West, and Margaret Mitchell (November 8, 1900 – August 16, 1949), 1939 Pulitzer Prize winner for her epic novel, Gone with the Wind.
He was a field archeologist and historian for the cultural resource management firm of MAAR Associates, Newark, Delaware, from 1980 to 1991, and in that year was hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, as a cultural resources manager, a position he continues to hold. He has been responsible for researching and documenting historical and archeological resources throughout the Middle Atlantic Region. In addition to his regular work, Mr. Baumgardt is on the Baltimore District Emergency First Responder Team, and served in disaster response for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and others, and recently worked behind the scenes at the inauguration of President Obama.
He currently resides in the colonial village of Christiana, Delaware, and is active in supporting the historic and cultural activities that benefit the community. He has a large collection of memorabilia associated with the town, and hopes to establish a local history museum there. His first published book, Delaware Park, Winners, Losers and Longshots (History Press, 2008), chronicles the history of a locally important horseracing park.
(2009, paperback, 102 pages)