Selznick, and the film's stars Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and Olivia de Havilland, but Oscar winner Hattie Mc Daniel, an African American actress, was barred from the event due to racial segregation laws and policies.
In 1915, Leo Frank, a Jewish-American factory superintendent, convicted of murder, was hanged in Marietta by a lynch mob, drawing attention to antisemitism in the United States.
During the first decades of the 20th century, Atlanta experienced a period of unprecedented growth.
In three decades' time, Atlanta's population tripled as the city limits expanded to include nearby streetcar suburbs.
On November 11, 1864, Sherman prepared for the Union Army's March to the Sea by ordering Atlanta to be burned to the ground, sparing only the city's churches and hospitals.
In the 1880 Census, Atlanta surpassed Savannah as Georgia's largest city. Grady, the editor of the Atlanta Constitution newspaper, promoted Atlanta to potential investors as a city of the "New South" that would be based upon a modern economy and less reliant on agriculture.