By Tim S. R. Boyd
“Tim Boyd has considerably reassessed the character of southern politics in post–World warfare II the USA during this outstanding paintings. this can be a high-quality historical past of Georgia politics within the sleek era.”—Gregory Schneider, writer of The Conservative Century
Boyd deftly indicates how Georgia Democrats solid a profitable (if morally frustrating) reaction to the civil rights circulation, letting them stay in energy until eventually inner divisions ultimately weakened the occasion. yet he additionally demonstrates that they eventually adjusted to the political problem of the civil rights circulation and assisted in shaping post–civil rights local and nationwide politics for a different generation.
Combining oral histories, newspaper stories, electoral returns, tape-recorded conversations, and personal papers, Boyd bargains a clean interpretation of the way American politics has replaced because the finish of the “New Deal Order.” He acknowledges the myriad forces southern leaders confronted because the Jim Crow South gave option to new political realities and enormously complements our realizing of southern politics today.
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It is, however, not the case that the 1960s caused two-party politics to emerge: in that regard, the 1940s were far more important. That it took time for the burgeoning political divisions of the postwar years to make their impact felt, or that the formal arrival of two-party competition in every southern state was not apparent until the late 1960s, does not alter the fact that by the 1940s it was already as close to inevitable as history can ever get that the Solid South was going to collapse.
Similarly, of the four Deep South states that backed George Wallace’s independent candidacy in 1968, Georgia gave Wallace the smallest plurality. Time and again, Georgia occupied the middle ground of southern electoral trends. ” The central position that Georgia occupied in the southern body politic was also manifested in the way the state’s leadership reacted to the civil rights movement. Georgia had powerful “Solid South” constituencies that favored massive resistance to civil rights and an electoral system that gave these constituencies disproportionate influence in shaping state policy.
Across the South, the state Democratic parties split into Regular and Loyalist factions; across the South, Democrats in both factions had to engage the civil rights movement, the national party leadership, and the Republican Party; and across the South, the outcome of these engagements resulted in New South Democrats holding the balance of power in regional politics. Nonetheless, despite these similarities, the precise nature and timing of this overall political transformation was different in each of the southern states.