As war spread across the world and eventually drew in the United States, much of Georgia was impacted by mobilization. Georgians served in the armed forces and national legislature, and left their family farms for cities with factories and military bases. In the years after World War II, citizens experienced unprecedented increases in their standard of living, realizing new opportunities and new forms of leisure they had never known.
Contributing to the efforts of fellow Georgians fighting overseas in Europe and the Pacific, workers across the state rose to the challenge of producing crucial materials for the war effort. From ordnance plants to plane and shipbuilding factories, Georgians of every background worked together to support the fight.
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.
As Georgia transitioned from colony to state, settlers expanded west into the interior of the southern United States searching for land and freedom. They increasingly came into conflict with groups like the Creek and Cherokee. Eventually conflict led to the forced removal of native groups as Georgia grew into the Antebellum era, expanding a plantation and slave economy and subsequently allying itself with the Confederate States of America. Secession from the Union brought devastating consequences during the Civil War with Georgia’s cities and economy being ravaged by invading armies, leaving behind the ashes of a proud state.
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