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- DescriptionIn 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. In Defining the Peace, Jennifer E. Brooks shows how veterans competed in a protracted and sometimes violent struggle to determine the complex character of Georgia's postwar future. Brooks 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, the terrorism perpetrated against black citizens, the CIO's drive to organize the textile South, and the controversies that dominated the 1947 Georgia General Assembly. Progressive black and white veterans forged new grass-roots networks to mobilize voters against racial and ecomic conservatives who opposed their vision of a democratic South. Most white veterans, however, opted to support candidates who favored a conservative program of modernization that aimed to alter the state's ecomic landscape while sustaining its anti-union and racial traditions. As Brooks demonstrates, World War II veterans played a pivotal role in shaping the war's political impact on the South, generating a politics of race, anti-unionism, and modernization that stood as the war's most lasting political legacy.
- Author BiographyJennifer E. Brooks is associate professor of history Auburn University.
- Author(s)Jennifer E. Brooks
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication31/01/2005
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Note7 illustrations, 3 tables, 1 map
- Weight404 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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