Ernest Vandiver, Governor of Georgia

Ernest Vandiver, Governor of Georgia

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Ernest Vandiver was elected governor of the state of Georgia in 1958 on a platform of fiscal conservatism and steadfast resistance to desegregation. Having vowed to defend Georgiaa€™s segregated social system at all costs, Vandiver nevertheless concluded that the state could not close its schools to avoid desegregation. Because of his decision to reject the path taken by George Wallace in Alabama and Orval Faubus in Arkansas and to protect public education in the state by complying with federal court mandates, Vandiver was denounced by the statea€™s more vocal proponents of segregation. Using primary sources and extensive interviews with the governor and his contemporaries, Henderson tells the full story of Vandivera€™s life as a transitional figure in the political history of the state. He portrays Vandiver as a man cast by circumstances into presiding over a crisis greater than any faced by a Georgia governor since the Civil War. Henderson also notes some of Vandivera€™s less recognized accomplishments, including the involvement of state government in furthering tourism, foreign investment, and industry. Ernest Vandiver is here recognized for his significant achievements in guiding the state through a period of rapid transformation.essary in order for the Atlanta metro area to obtain federal mass transit funding. ... The strongest opposition to the amendment emerged in Cobb County, leading Vandiver and other key supporters of Amendment ... Mayor Allen thanked Vandiver aquot;for the very fine jobaquot; he had done in obtaining the adoption of Amendment 16.

Title:Ernest Vandiver, Governor of Georgia
Author:Harold Paulk Henderson
Publisher:University of Georgia Press - 2008-06-01


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