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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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(p.169) Conclusion
Defining the Peace

Jennifer E. Brooks

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. It argues that World War II challenged the static nature of southern political life without inaugurating the new day that progressives had hoped to see dawn at the war's end. Georgia's white veterans sustained the continuity of the South's political distinctiveness by accommodating rather than countering the weight of racial and anti-union tradition. Their vision of progress legitimized a politics of conservative modernization that promised democracy and justice to some southerners far more than others.

Keywords:   postwar Georgia, political change, political reform, World War II, democracy, conservative modernization

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