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Defining the Peace: World War II Veterans, Race, and the Remaking of Southern Political Tradition

Jennifer E. Brooks


In the aftermath of World War II, Georgia's veterans—black, white, liberal, reactionary, pro-union, and anti-union—all found that service in the war enhanced their sense of male, political, and racial identity, but often in contradictory ways. This book shows how veterans competed in a protracted and sometimes violent struggle to determine the complex character of Georgia's postwar future. It finds that veterans shaped the key events of the era, including the gubernatorial campaigns of both Eugene Talmadge and Herman Talmadge; the defeat of entrenched political machines in Augusta and Savannah ... More

Keywords: racial identity, veterans, Georgia, gubernatorial campaigns, terrorism, black citizens, economic conservatives, modernization, racial traditions, anti-unionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780807829110
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807875759_brooks


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer E. Brooks, author