By Jennifer E. Brooks
Within the aftermath of worldwide struggle II, Georgia's veterans--black, white, liberal, reactionary, pro-union, and anti-union--all came across that provider within the struggle greater their experience of male, political, and racial identification, yet usually in contradictory methods. In Defining the Peace, Jennifer E. Brooks exhibits how veterans competed in a prolonged and infrequently violent fight to figure out the complicated personality of Georgia's postwar future.Brooks unearths that veterans formed the most important occasions of the period, together with the gubernatorial campaigns of either Eugene Talmadge and Herman Talmadge, the defeat of entrenched political machines in Augusta and Savannah, the terrorism perpetrated opposed to black electorate, the CIO's force to arrange the fabric South, and the controversies that ruled the 1947 Georgia common meeting. revolutionary black and white veterans cast new grassroots networks to mobilize citizens opposed to racial and monetary conservatives who adverse their imaginative and prescient of a democratic South. so much white veterans, notwithstanding, opted to aid applicants who preferred a conservative software of modernization that aimed to change the state's financial panorama whereas maintaining its anti-union and racial traditions.As Brooks demonstrates, international battle II veterans performed a pivotal function in shaping the war's political effect at the South, producing a politics of race, anti-unionism, and modernization that stood because the war's longest lasting political legacy.
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Extra resources for Defining the Peace: World War II Veterans, Race, and the Remaking of Southern Political Tradition
94 The activism this conviction generated produced some surprising political results in Georgia, serving to destabilize the local political environment in several communities. Black voting—and the potential for change it represented— became an issue where it rarely had existed before the war. Both Savannah and Atlanta, as well as numerous other Georgia communities, saw more black citizens vote in the ﬁrst postwar primaries than in any prior election in the state’s history. In Savannah black citizens overwhelmed the county courthouse as the deadline to register approached.
49 Harrison subsequently drove the Dorseys and Dorothy Malcolm to the Monroe jail by way of the Athens-to-Atlanta highway. After a delay of several hours, the party, now including Malcolm, headed home. This time, however, Harrison drove along isolated back roads. At Moore’s Ford Crossing, in the outlying part of the county, a group of armed white men waylaid Harrison’s car and removed both George Dorsey and Roger Malcolm. In a desperate attempt to save the men, one of the women called out and identiﬁed a member of the mob.
In a desperate attempt to save the men, one of the women called out and identiﬁed a member of the mob. The lynchers then removed the women from the car as well, lined up both couples by the creek, and summarily executed them. 50 At ﬁrst glance, George Dorsey’s murder (and certainly that of the two women) appears to be a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, as angry whites ﬁnally caught up to Roger Malcolm to exact revenge for the Hester stabbing. Some evidence suggests, however, that Dorsey himself — because of his status as a recently returned veteran—was also a target.
Defining the Peace: World War II Veterans, Race, and the Remaking of Southern Political Tradition by Jennifer E. Brooks