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A Suburban Story: The Rise of Republicanism in Postwar Georgia, 1948–1980

Tim Boyd

in Painting Dixie Red

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036847
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036847.003.0005
A Suburban Story: The Rise of Republicanism in Postwar Georgia, 1948–1980

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This in-depth examination of suburban politics in post-World War II Georgia challenges the conventional “Southern Strategy” or “white backlash” thesis of partisan realignment in the South. Instead, it follows the work of a growing “Suburban School” that emphasizes economics, demographic shifts, suburbanization, and “color-blind” issues having to do with taxes, property rights, and economic growth, for the rise of Republicanism in the South. As such, it rejects the idea of southern distinctiveness or exceptionalism, as well as, largely, the role of race in making the South Republican. The essay concentrates on developments in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties in Georgia.

Keywords: Georgia; Suburbs; Atlanta; White Backlash; “Southern Strategy”; Suburban School

Chapter.  7749 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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