The antebellum period, Latin for "before the war", in America is sometimes thought of as the time after the American Revolution and before the Civil War. Others have marked it as between the war of 1812 and the 1861 period, according to Wikipedia.
Plantation life for so long now has been characterized by Margaret Mitchell's novel, Gone with the Wind, and I bet even if you didn't read the book, you have probably seen the movie.
Scarlett O'Hara was and always will be the quintessential Southern Belle. If you have seen the movie, how could you ever forget the barbecue at Twin Oaks, or the poignant scene after Scarlett returns and vows she will "never be hungry again"?
What is your favorite scene from Gone With The Wind? Please take the time to comment, and which is your favorite character and why - Rhett, Ashley, Melanie, Scarlett, Mammy or Prissy?
I thought once about having an antebellum gown made, but decided it would be way too uncomfortable, plus, how could you ever get close enough to the dining room table to eat? So I will remain a "closet" Southern Belle and save the "drapes" for another occasion!