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The Three Governors Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia's Progressive Politics (Paperback)
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The Three Governors Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia's Progressive Politics (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 30/06/2017
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The death of Georgia governor-elect Eugene Talmadge in late 1946 launched a constitutional crisis that ranks as one of the most unusual political events in U.S. history: the state had three active governors at once, each claiming that he was the true elected official.

This is the first full-length examination of that episode, which wasn't just a crazy quirk of Georgia politics (though it was that) but the decisive battle in a struggle between the state's progressive and rustic forces that had continued since the onset of the Great Depression. In 1946, rural forces aided by the county unit system, Jim Crow intimidation of black voters, and the Talmadge machine's "loyal 100,000" voters united to claim the governorship.

In the aftermath, progressive political forces in Georgia would shrink into obscurity for the better part of a generation. In this volume is the story of how the political, governmental, and Jim Crow social institutions not only defeated Georgia's progressive forces but forestalled their effectiveness for a decade and a half.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820352923
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The Three Governors Controversy is a compelling narrative of the widespread notoriety engendered by Georgia's 1946 election and its aftermath. This history reveals the underlying conflicts of the succession battle by bringing together a careful analysis of the politics of the period with an array of popular and scholarly accounts.--Timothy J. Crimmins "coauthor of Democracy Restored: A History of the Georgia State Capital "
For a short time in early 1947, Georgia had three men claiming to be governor. The Three Governors Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia's Progressive Politics describes the events leading up to this unusual circumstance in great detail.--Maarten Zwiers "Journal of Southern History "

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