Georgia Modernizes• Georgia’s economy went through a large industrial boom after WW2.• It shifted from a rural to an urban state as farm technology decreased jobs in agriculture and industrial centers grew.
A Change in Agriculture • Cotton was Georgia’s main crop prior to World War Two. • After the war Cotton prices dropped as new modern fabrics were invented. • Row crops such as peanuts, corn, and soybean were grown instead. • Poultry became a major source of income to Georgia’s farmers.
William Hartsfield • Mayor of Atlanta longer than any other mayor (1937-1961) • During his time in office Atlanta grew from 100,000 to 1,000,000 people. • Promoted a racially diverse city as “The city too busy to hate.” • Was instrumental in leading the city out of the Great Depression. • Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport is named in his honor.
Ellis Arnall • Defeated Eugene Talmadge to become Governor of GA 1943-1947. • Worked to bring progressive reform to the state including restoring UGA’s reputation, reforming prisons and the state tax system. • Was defeated by Talmadge for re-election.
Ivan Allen Jr.• Mayor of Atlanta 1962-1970• Removed segregation from Atlanta’s public places.• Brought major sports franchises to Atlanta.
Atlanta’s Sports Teams• Atlanta gained a major league baseball team, the Braves when it moved from Milwaukee in 1966.