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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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“Out of the Shadows”

(p.1) Introduction
Georgia Democrats, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Shaping of the New South

Tim S. R. Boyd

University Press of Florida

The introduction outlines the “white backlash” argument and shows how it is the most popular means of explaining southern politics after 1945. The argument is then questioned and a more ambiguous legacy for the backlash is posited. The choice of Georgia as a case study is justified and the divisions within the southern state Democratic parties, and between southern Democrats and the national party leadership, over race, economic, and social policy are described. The introduction ends with a summary of how these divisions shaped the 1948 Democratic National Convention.

Keywords:   Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Martin Luther King, White Backlash

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