"A very useful and illustrative book, both in terms of what it reveals about political conditions in Georgia in the wake of World War II and of the perspective of southern liberal thought in that era."
—James C. Cobb, author of The Most Southern Place on Earth
"After reading this book, who could ever forget the voices of this colorful cast of scoundrels, cynics, and occasional heroes? . . . Anyone interested in the early stages of the civil rights movement—and in the ambivalent white response—will find Who Runs Georgia? essential reading."
"This book reveals a great deal about the nature of southern liberalism in the 1940s. It is interesting and well written."
—Numan V. Bartley, author of The Creation of Modern Georgia
What had happened to so suddenly reverse four years of progressive reform under retiring governor Ellis Arnall? To find out, Calvin Kytle and James A. Mackay sat through the tumultuous 1947 assembly, then toured Georgia's 159 counties asking politicians, public officials, editors, businessmen, farmers, factory workers, civic leaders, lobbyists, academicians, and preachers the question "Who runs Georgia?" Among those interviewed were editor Ralph McGill, novelist Lillian Smith, defeated gubernatorial candidate James V. Carmichael, powerbroker Roy Harris, pollwatcher Ira Butt, and more than a hundred others--men and women, black and white, heroes and rogues—of all stripes and stations.
The result, as Dan T. Carter says in his foreword, captures "the substance and texture of political life in the American South" during an era that historians have heretofore neglected—those years of tension between the end of the New Deal and the explosive start of the civil rights movement. What's more, Who Runs Georgia? has much to tell us about campaign finance and the political influence of Big Money, as relevant for the nation today as it was then for the state.
Read more about Georgia's "three governors controversy" at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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