The Loyalist Backlash 1966–1971

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:
The Loyalist Backlash 1966–1971

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This chapter discusses the four years of tension within the Georgia Democratic Party during Lester Maddox's time as governor. Despite early attempts by Loyalists and the national leadership to reach an accommodation with Maddox, mutual suspicions and differing priorities led to four years of open confrontation, culminating in rival delegations being sent by Maddox and his Loyalist opponents to the 1968 Democratic National Convention. After 1968, the national party began to move against Maddox and other Regulars. By 1970, a series of “New South” Democrats won gubernatorial elections—including Jimmy Carter in Georgia—promising racial peace, marking a critical moment in postwar southern politics.

Keywords: Democratic National Convention; New South; Lester Maddox; Jimmy Carter; 1970 election

Chapter.  11569 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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