Fifty Years since Lester Maddox: Georgia’s Massive Resistance to the New Right

AHA Session 226
Sunday, January 10, 2016: 8:30 AM-10:30 AM
Grand Hall D (Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Lower Level 2)
Kevin M. Kruse, Princeton University
Tim Boyd, Montgomery Bell Academy
Louis Fagnan, Emory University
Robin M. Morris, Agnes Scott College
Jason Morgan Ward, Mississippi State University
Sponsored by the AHA Local Arrangements Committee

Session Abstract

The 1966 Georgia gubernatorial race pitted two brands of conservatism against each other.  This election saw the victory of Democrat and firebrand segregationists Lester Maddox as well as the establishment of the Georgia Republican Party as a player in state political races.  Using the 1966 election as a key moment, this panel will examine the history of state politics and shifting styles of conservatism the Solid South of the Democrats to the Republican stronghold

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