Did Georgia (eventually) like Ike? Perceptions of 20th and 21st Century presidents in Georgia history textbooks: 1951-2005

Scott Roberts, Scotty Lamar Roberts

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Abstract

Like much of the South, Georgia is now considered a reliable “Red State” likely to vote for Republican political candidates. However, this voting pattern was not the norm. Only recently has Georgia elected Republicans to state and national political office. In recognizing the political shift in Georgia since 1950, this study was based upon two hypotheses – in the years when Georgia’s citizens tended to vote Democratic (1950-1980), Georgia state history textbooks would employ more negative or neutral terms about Republican presidents, but as Georgia grew into a “twoparty” state, authors would write more positively about Republican presidents. In analyzing state history textbooks from 1951 to 2005, I found these hypotheses inaccurate as Democratic presidents received more positive mentions than Republican presidents throughout the entire period studied. In addition, I found instances where presidents, no matter their political affiliation, received a favorable depiction in textbooks due to an association with Georgia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
JournalGeorgia Social Studies Journal
Volume1
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2011

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