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World War II
Southern states were critical to the war effort during World War II (1941-45) and none more so than Georgia. Some 320,000 Georgians served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, and countless others found employment in burgeoning wartime industries. Their experiences were pivotal in determining the state's future development, and the war itself marked a watershed in Georgia's history. Because it occurred when important shifts in the state's politics, race relations, and economy were already underway, the war accelerated Georgia's modernization, thereby lifting it out of the Great Depression and ushering it into the mainstream of American life.
- New Georgia Encyclopedia
Harry Truman to Richard B. Russell, Jr. re: bombing of Japan, 1945
Letter from President Harry Truman to Sen. Richard B. Russell, Jr., regarding the bombing of Japan. 9 August 1945
Richard B. Russell, Jr. Collections, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Compiled by Renna Tuten and Emily Olivier, 9 January, 2013