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The novel prominently features General Sherman's notorious march from Atlanta to the sea during which it was his intention to destroy everything in his army's path and to support his men by looting. It seems to me that a good research topic would be that famous event in the Civil War, including the burning of Atlanta, Georgia, and followig the path of the Union Army. A paper on this subject might conclude with an assessment of how effective the march was in achieving its objective, which was to make the civilians so sick of the war that they would want the Confederate president to surrender. Margaret Mitchell's heroine was right in the path of the devastation, and the events are told through Scarlett O'Hara's point of view.
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