Margaret Mitchell is famous for her book "Gone With The Wind". Some of her reasoning behind the book is she wanted people to see the lack of glamour associated with the antebellum period and boom Hollywood undid that portion of her book. When it comes to slave owning, it was the 1 percent who owned slaves and it was not unusual for the slave owners to live in Philadelphia or New York.
I used to have a copy of the novel and would read portions late at night. That is when I came to the conclusion that great pieces of literature could be read out of order and the scenes themselves were entertainment in themselves. This is my opinion of course.
There is a Northern "Gone With The Wind" and it is called "And Ladies of the Club" by Helen Hooven Santmeyer. The book is a very good historical novel. The hardcover is 1176 pages which is 200 pages longer than the hardcover "Gone With The Wind".
If you are a cultural history buff, I recommend "Accepted Fables" by Jordan Massee.
The topic are the people and life of Jordan Massee which occurred in central Georgia. Being from a wealthy family, his book goes to New York and Europe. It's interesting reading a first hand account of his relationship with Tennessee Williams.
I paid between $20 and $30 for the book. I actually have two copies. In my search for where it is on sale, the cost starts around $71. So you may read "Gone With The Wind" or "And Ladies of the Club" for a more reasonable cost.