By Jennifer E. Brooks
Within the aftermath of global warfare II, Georgia's veterans--black, white, liberal, reactionary, pro-union, and anti-union--all chanced on that carrier within the conflict more desirable 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 chronic and occasionally violent fight to figure out the advanced personality of Georgia's postwar future.Brooks unearths that veterans formed the main 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 voters, the CIO's force to prepare the cloth South, and the controversies that ruled the 1947 Georgia normal meeting. innovative black and white veterans cast new grassroots networks to mobilize citizens opposed to racial and financial conservatives who antagonistic their imaginative and prescient of a democratic South. so much white veterans, even though, opted to aid applicants who favorite 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, global conflict 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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39 Local United States Employment Service () oﬃcials often refused to refer black veterans to prospective employers, which prompted a bitter complaint from Reuben H. ”40 At the veteran services center in Macon, Horace Bohannon discovered “for the ﬁrst time . . someone who already knew of job-training” as a part of the Bill. ” Inquiries at that oﬃce only prompted “rough treatment” for Bohannon, but other sources, probably local veterans, described to him the service center’s usual procedure.
Inquiries at that oﬃce only prompted “rough treatment” for Bohannon, but other sources, probably local veterans, described to him the service center’s usual procedure. A black veteran entered the oﬃce in search of a job with little knowledge about the Bill’s job-training program. A. ” He then cited the example of “a veteran in a furniture shop, supposedly taking upholstering. ”42 In Augusta, Bohannon met J. W. Bassett, a recently discharged black veteran whose former railroad employer had refused to rehire him to his old position when he returned from the war.
23 In fact, service in the armed forces exposed black soldiers and sailors to daily lessons in the persistent vitality of segregation and discrimination. W. W. Law, for example, a black veteran from Savannah, Georgia, found military service to be a disheartening series of racial humiliations. When drafted, Law recalled,“I asked for frontline duty as an infantry soldier. ” Finally, he received an assignment to go overseas as part of Keesler Army Airﬁeld’s aviation battalion, having risen to ﬁrst sergeant for his company.
Defining the Peace: World War II Veterans, Race, and the Remaking of Southern Political Tradition by Jennifer E. Brooks
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