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Georgia Democrats, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Shaping of the New South

Tim S. R. Boyd


The prevailing narrative of post-1945 southern politics, both among scholars and in the media, is that the rise of the Republican Party in the South can be attributed to the national Democratic Party alienating white voters in the region by passing comprehensive federal civil rights legislation in 1964 and 1965. This “white backlash” narrative has also become a popular means of explaining the national political strength of the GOP since the end of the 1960s. In this book, the narrative is challenged as an inadequate explanation of modern southern and American politics. The book argues that rat ... More

Keywords: Democratic Party, civil rights movement, U.S. race relations, U.S. South, Republican Party, Georgia, Jimmy Carter, New South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037653
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim S. R. Boyd, author