Alabama’s Gone With the Wind: Lella Warren’s Foundation Stone

Presented by Nancy Grisham Anderson, associate professor of English and director of Actions Build Community, Auburn University–Montgomery

In 1940, Lella Warren’s Foundation Stone was released to popular and critical acclaim, compared frequently (and favorably) with Gone With the Wind. Based loosely on the stories of Warren’s Alabama ancestors, the novel tells the story of Alabama’s history through the fictional Whetstone family, from prosperous plantation days in South Carolina through the exploration of the newly opened land in Alabama, pioneering, Indian confrontations, and the Civil War and its aftermath.

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