Beginning with the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, the United States embarked on a journey that lasted at least for another decade, to bring equality under the law. While Georgia faced its own challenges to ending segregation it moved slowly towards progress as the state’s economy modernized, grew and took on an expanding role in the global economy.
Home to some of the most prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia nevertheless wrestled with bringing an end to the Jim Crow era. Early efforts to integrate society were met with resistance from both the public and the state, and it would ultimately take decades for Georgia to fully relinquish the practice of segregation.
In the wake of tumultuous national events during the 1950s and 1960s, Georgia became an increasingly progressive state. Administrations focused more on diversifying Georgia’s economy, politics became more representative of Georgia’s demographics, and the state soon evolved into a regional and national hub for business and entertainment.
Following World War II, Georgia entered a period of great transition, with populations moving from rural to urban landscapes, the economy modernizing and diversifying, and political influence shifting from traditional centers of influence.
From the end of WWII to the present day, Georgia is surveyed through its role in the Cold War and Civil Rights movement, along with the state’s modernization and growth--from...
The archaeological history of the state from prehistoric to colonial Georgia is explored, including a survey of native civilizations and the effects of European contact, exploration, and settlement.