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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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“A Truly Democratic Party” 1962–1966

“A Truly Democratic Party” 1962–1966

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(p.121) 4 “A Truly Democratic Party” 1962–1966
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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/9780813037653.003.0005

This chapter discusses the period following Carl Sanders' election as governor. In the first few years of Sanders' administration, Loyalists enjoyed a string of successes in advancing their agenda of “progressive colorblindness.” By 1966, however, they had gone on to suffer a series of setbacks and disappointments. The chapter considers the experiences of three Georgia Loyalists—Sanders, U.S. Representative Charles Weltner, and DeKalb County activist Melba Williams—at the state, federal, and local levels. The successes and failures each of them experienced typified both the fluidity of Georgia politics at the time and the ambiguity of the white backlash.

Keywords:   Carl Sanders, Charles Weltner, Melba Williams, DeKalb County, Grace Towns Hamilton

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