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Competing Visions for Postwar Georgia 1946

Tim S. R. Boyd

in Georgia Democrats, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Shaping of the New South

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813037653
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042152 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037653.003.0002
Competing Visions for Postwar Georgia 1946

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This chapter summarizes the state of southern politics in the 1940s and describes the economic, social, and political tensions within the one-party South at this time, suggesting that by the end of World War II, one-party politics was no longer sustainable in the long term. It then describes the two major factions—Loyalists and Regulars—within the Georgia Democratic Party and gives an overview of their respective goals, defining in particular the Loyalist strategy of “progressive colorblindness.” Finally, the chapter outlines the status of the civil rights movement in Georgia at the end of World War II.

Keywords: Solid South; Loyalist Democrats; Regular Democrats; progressive colorblindness; counter-elites

Chapter.  14217 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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