Georgia and the American Experience

Georgia and the American Experience

Georgia Studies Unit 7: Modern Georgia and Civil Rights Lesson 1: Post-World War II Developments Study Presentation Lesson 1: Post-World War II Developments ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How has technological change affected agricultural methods and production? How did the post WWII economic climate

provide opportunities for entrepreneurs? How do Georgias transportation systems affect economic growth and development? New Technology Television use expanded in the 1950s ABC, CBS, NBC were major networks Entertainment was important Entertainment was important; People could now watch news events almost as they happened Transformation of Agriculture: New synthetic (man made) fabrics became popular.

Examples: Rayon and Nylon Reduced the need for cotton; as the demand for cotton fell other crops/plants began to be grown in place of cotton; trees, peanuts, soybeans, and corn were some of the major examples New farming technology (i.e. tractors and harvesters) helped improve the amount of products that farmers could grow. Industries Move into Georgia Businesses continued to move into the state Air conditioning began to be installed making year round work more comfortable

Georgias low taxes were attractive to workers and businesses Lockheed became largest employer CDC: Centers for Disease Control Atlanta headquarters established The Cold War Relations between the US and USSR became tense Cold War: a war of words and diplomacy US and USSR were worlds most powerful countries USSR kept eastern Europe in communism

behind the iron curtain Containment of communism led to war in Korea and Vietnam The Korean War Korea was divided after WWII 38th parallel was line between communist North and democratic South June 25, 1950: North Korea invaded South Korea United Nations countries sent troops to assist South Korea 25,000 Americans killed; 500 Georgians

Peace declared in July 1953; no winner Many businesses benefited from doing business with the military bases and armed forces The Three Governors Episode Newly re-elected governor Eugene Talmadge died before taking his 4th term of office in 1946 The previous governor, Ellis Arnall, the Lieutenant Governor, and Talmadges son, Herman, fought over who would govern The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that a special election must be held

Herman Talmadge was elected governor in 1947 Georgia Governors Melvin Thomas: purchased Jekyll Island to build a state-owned resort; established UGA Veterinary School Herman Talmadge: Strict segregationist. Minimum Foundation Program for Education Act established 9-month school year raised standards for schools Marvin Griffin: began educational television; oversaw purchase of Stone Mountain for

park Georgia Governors (Cont.) Carl Sanders: elected in 1962; worked to diffuse racial violence; increased spending on education; used television ads to campaign Lester Maddox: elected 1967; surprise winner; appointed more African Americans to state office than all other governors combined; integrated the State Patrol; Peoples Days any Georgian could visit and talk with the governor

Atlantas Mayors William Hartsfield: Served as Atlantas mayor longer than any other person (6 terms from 19371961). Presided over many building projects including expressways and parks throughout the city. After his death in 1971 the Atlanta airport was renamed after him. Ivan Allen, Jr.: Served as Atlantas mayor from 1962-1970. Only politician from the South to speak in favor of the Civil Rights Act. Helped to bring the Braves from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Atlanta.

Major League Sports Teams Atlanta Braves: Moved to Atlanta in 1966. Bought by Ted Turner in 1976. Braves games began being broadcast nationwide on TBS. Won the World Series in 1995 (first professional title in Atlantas history). Atlanta Falcons: Played their first NFL game in 1966. Played in the Super Bowl in 1998. Atlanta Hawks: NBA team, moved from St. Louis, Missouri to Atlanta in 1968. Ellis Arnall Elected Georgias governor in 1942

Helped to fix the accreditation issues with the University of Georgia (during Eugene Talmadges time as governor) by helping the board of regents become a separate body from the governors office. Removed Georgias prison system from under the control of the governor. Under Governor Arnall, Georgia became the first state in the Union to grant 18-year olds the right to vote. Transportation Systems

Interstate Highway System: Makes transportation through the city easier. Interstates, such as I-20, I-75, and I-85, go through the city of Atlanta. I-95 goes from Florida to Maine and I-75 goes from Miami to Michigan. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport: One of the busiest airports in the world. Named after two Atlanta mayors (William Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson). Georgias Deepwater Ports: Two major deepwater ports (Savannah and Brunswick). Goods (products) made in Georgia are frequently shipped to other parts of the world through these ports. Railroads: Allowed for efficient transportation of people and products over land.

These four transportation systems are important to GAs economy as they allow people and goods to move throughout the state.

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