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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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Contesting Massive Resistance 1954–1962

Contesting Massive Resistance 1954–1962

(p.88) 3 Contesting Massive Resistance 1954–1962
Georgia Democrats, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Shaping of the New South

Tim S. R. Boyd

University Press of Florida

This chapter covers the period of the civil rights movement known as “massive resistance” that began after Brown, demonstrating how although the white South was nominally united in opposition to any desegregation of public facilities, this was a false appearance of unity. As the civil rights movement successfully engineered a showdown over compliance with Brown, white Georgians were forced to choose between closing the public schools and accepting some desegregation. Ultimately, token desegregation was approved and massive resistance abandoned. At the same time, the Republican Party was growing at a substantial rate in urban and suburban parts of Georgia.

Keywords:   massive resistance, Hamilton Lokey, HOPE, Sibley Commission

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