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Georgia Democrats, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Shaping of the New South$
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Tim S. R. Boyd

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037653

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037653.001.0001

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The Loyalist Backlash 1966–1971

The Loyalist Backlash 1966–1971

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(p.181) 6 The Loyalist Backlash 1966–1971
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Georgia Democrats, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Shaping of the New South
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Tim S. R. Boyd

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037653.003.0007

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

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