World War II Veterans and the Politics of Postwar Change in Georgia
This introductory chapter discusses the emergence of postwar veteran activism across Georgia. This represented an unusually broad-based attack on southern political tradition. The veterans' activism prompted an historic surge in black and white voter registration that threw many local political machines into disarray. Veteran campaigns produced some surprising results, including new faces in the General Assembly and in local government throughout the state. The veteran programs that prevailed, however, prioritized economic growth, anti-unionism, and racial stability over the racial or industrial democracy many progressives had hoped to implement.
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