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Defining the PeaceWorld War II Veterans, Race, and the Remaking of Southern Political Tradition$
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Jennifer E. Brooks

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829110

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807875759_brooks

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: The Ballot Must Be Our Weapon

: The Ballot Must Be Our Weapon

Black Veterans and the Politics of Racial Change

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Defining the Peace

Jennifer E. Brooks

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the activism of black veterans in postwar Georgia. Black veterans played a key role in shaping what the political legacy of the Second World War would be. From organizing to ensure they received the federal and state benefits that were their due and unleashing individual acts of rebellion against Jim Crow to calling on black citizens to register and vote, black veterans' activism marked the postwar 1940s as a period of significant black civic ferment well before the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954.

Keywords:   veteran activism, Georgia, World War II, racial uncertainty

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