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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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Politics in Georgia before Brown 1946–1954

Politics in Georgia before Brown 1946–1954

(p.58) 2 Politics in Georgia before Brown 1946–1954
Georgia Democrats, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Shaping of the New South

Tim S. R. Boyd

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the political situation in Georgia between the 1946 gubernatorial election and the Brown decision of 1954. By considering the continuity in issues and bases of support for each Democratic faction during this decade, as well as the closeness of most statewide elections, it shows how postwar Georgia was evenly divided between Regulars, who emphasized opposition to civil rights, and Loyalists, who emphasized education and economic growth. The chapter also details how Loyalists and civil rights leaders moved toward an unofficial political alliance against Regulars. Particular attention is given to Eugene Talmadge and Ellis Arnall as the initial figures around which the Regular and Loyalist factions respectively crystallized.

Keywords:   Eugene Talmadge, Ellis Arnall, White Primary, Dixiecrats

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