At the same time there is much uproar in Atlanta because the KKK lynched a man accused of rape.
The book thinks this is totally justified, though Scarlett wishes the KKK wouldn't stir up trouble.
Frank won't let Scarlett go to the mills because he figures she'll be attacked.
Guess what? Scarlett is furious.
So Melanie arranges for Archie, a dangerous man who she's taken under her wing, to go with Scarlett and protect her.
Archie hates black people and Yankees, which is presented as fine, and he also hates women, which is presented as slightly more problematic, but not all that much so.
Scarlett tells Archie at one point that she's thinking about getting convict laborers and he tells her he'll leave if she does.
He was a convict for forty years, imprisoned for killing his wife for sleeping with another man, and he was released to go fight against the Yankees.
Archie says he's already told Melanie, and Scarlett is scandalized.
They have a chat with a bunch of men talking about how the Georgia legislature has refused to ratify the Constitutional amendments allowing black people (er, more like black men) to vote.
The Amendments are presented as a great evil, the last straw, and they all talk about how awful the Yankees are.
Scarlett thinks they should just give in since the Yankees will make their lives miserable; Archie, however, wants to fight.
Scarlett decides to hire convicts after all, though everybody protests. There's an awful bit about how slaves were super-happy under slavery and are worse off under freedom, and how hiring convicts is therefore nothing like slavery at all. Barf.
Ashley is not happy with convict labor, and is generally unhappy. Also useless. It is the Ashley way.