“A Truly Democratic Party” 1962–1966

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:
“A Truly Democratic Party” 1962–1966

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This chapter discusses the period following Carl Sanders' election as governor. In the first few years of Sanders' administration, Loyalists enjoyed a string of successes in advancing their agenda of “progressive colorblindness.” By 1966, however, they had gone on to suffer a series of setbacks and disappointments. The chapter considers the experiences of three Georgia Loyalists—Sanders, U.S. Representative Charles Weltner, and DeKalb County activist Melba Williams—at the state, federal, and local levels. The successes and failures each of them experienced typified both the fluidity of Georgia politics at the time and the ambiguity of the white backlash.

Keywords: Carl Sanders; Charles Weltner; Melba Williams; DeKalb County; Grace Towns Hamilton

Chapter.  14334 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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