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Georgia Odyssey

James C. Cobb

Publication Year: 2008

Georgia Odyssey is a lively survey of the state's history, from its beginnings as a European colony to its current standing as an international business mecca, from the self-imposed isolation of its Jim Crow era to its role as host of the centennial Olympic Games and beyond, from its long reign as the linchpin state of the Democratic Solid South to its current dominance by the Republican Party. This new edition incorporates current trends that have placed Georgia among the country's most dynamic and attractive states, fueled the growth of its Hispanic and Asian American populations, and otherwise dramatically altered its demographic, economic, social, and cultural appearance and persona.

“The constantly shifting cultural landscape of contemporary Georgia,” writes James C. Cobb, “presents a jumbled panorama of anachronism, contradiction, contrast, and peculiarity.” A Georgia native, Cobb delights in debunking familiar myths about his state as he brings its past to life and makes it relevant to today. Not all of that past is pleasant to recall, Cobb notes. Moreover, not all of today's Georgians are as unequivocal as the tobacco farmer who informed a visiting journalist in 1938 that “we Georgians are Georgian as hell.” That said, a great many Georgians, both natives and new arrivals, care deeply about the state's identity and consider it integral to their own. Georgia Odyssey is the ideal introduction to our past and a unique and often provocative look at the interaction of that past with our present and future.

Published by: University of Georgia Press

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Preface

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pp. vii-ix

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Georgia Odyssey

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pp. 1-163

On his frequent visits to his Little White House at Warm Springs, President Franklin D. Roosevelt repeatedly expressed his deep affection for Georgia and its people, a sentiment that the overwhelming majority of the citizens of his “adopted” state seemed to reciprocate. Yet when Roosevelt attacked incumbent U.S. senator Walter F. George as an opponent of the New Deal and called on Georgia voters to oust George...

Bibliography

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pp. 165-176

Index

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pp. 177-188


E-ISBN-13: 9780820335094
E-ISBN-10: 0820335096
Print-ISBN-13: 9780820330501
Print-ISBN-10: 0820330507

Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: Second Edition