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Painting Dixie RedWhen, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican$
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Glenn Feldman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036847

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036847.001.0001

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

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

(p.79) 4 A Suburban Story: The Rise of Republicanism in Postwar Georgia, 1948–1980
Painting Dixie Red

Tim Boyd

University Press of Florida

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

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