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Defining the Peace: World War II Veterans, Race, and the Remaking of Southern Political Tradition
In 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 ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 29th 2004 by University of North Carolina Press
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A good case study about the ascendency of chamber of commerce conservationism and the making of a modernized racist south. The Talmadge family is deservedly a villain in this book. Sometime relies a little too heavily on secondary literature (O'Brien, Dittmer, Tyson), but at least the sources are solid. Brooks writes excellent footnotes.