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.
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