Politics in Georgia before <i>Brown</i> 1946–1954

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:
Politics in Georgia before Brown 1946–1954

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This chapter discusses the political situation in Georgia between the 1946 gubernatorial election and the Brown decision of 1954. By considering the continuity in issues and bases of support for each Democratic faction during this decade, as well as the closeness of most statewide elections, it shows how postwar Georgia was evenly divided between Regulars, who emphasized opposition to civil rights, and Loyalists, who emphasized education and economic growth. The chapter also details how Loyalists and civil rights leaders moved toward an unofficial political alliance against Regulars. Particular attention is given to Eugene Talmadge and Ellis Arnall as the initial figures around which the Regular and Loyalist factions respectively crystallized.

Keywords: Eugene Talmadge; Ellis Arnall; White Primary; Dixiecrats

Chapter.  11428 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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