When most people think of Georgia they think of Atlanta and busy urbanite cities and of course Micheal “Lucifer” King (The name JB Stoner bestowed to MLK). Georgia has been called the heart of the “New South” and in many ways it has sadly become much of that. However, there was a time when Georgia was ruled by hard working white ruralites, in particular ole Eugene Talmadge. Indeed, many people outside of Georgia haven’t even heard his name, sadly even most Georgians have forgot the man who was long ago mentioned in their middle school history lessons. Governor Eugene Talmadge was known as Gene by friends and a hillbilly dictator by the yankee ((press)) who loathed him so much. Gene was the definition of a hard ass and Southern fighting man. Gene wouldn’t back down no matter what, unlike modern leaders of Georgia like Gov. Nathan “Straddle-Bug” Deal. Gene was a man who couldn’t give a damn about political correctness, he said what he felt was the truth. He makes the famous, or infamous if you’re liberal mollycoddle, Governor Wallace look like an altar boy in comparison. The tale of the Wild Man From Sugar Creek is quite interesting and inspiring and thus needs to be properly told.
Gene was born in 1884 in Rural Forsyth Georgia to Tom Talmadge and his wife. Little Gene was an aggressive and determined boy who loved a good debate and a fight (something that would never change) he also loved to hear Ole Tom Watson speak when he came to his local area “Watson became the spiritual leader of the Young man” (Anderson 9).
Watson was a hero in his own right and I recommend you look into the ((Leo Frank)) case and Watson’s opinion on ((Frank)) to see how much of a visionary he was for his times.
Eugene Talmadge (R) as a boy with a friend, around the time period he would have witnessed Tom Watson’s speeches
Gene was known as a mean guy and he knew it( later saying to a reporter saying “I’m just as mean as Hell” ). Gene would head off to UGA to become a Lawyer, while at the university he excelled at sports and academics, furthering himself in reputation. He honed both his temper and speaking skills while on the football field and on the debate team. He graduated and afterwords would go off to live with relatives in Telfair County McRea where he would meet the widower Miss Mitt who he would fall in love with, marry and father the future Governor Herman Talmadge as well as two daughters. Talmadge wasn’t well liked in his local area due to his temper and sometimes heavy-handed attitude plus his defending of negative clients didn’t help much either (he took the cases due to finical necessity). Talmadge would get his foot in the door in Telfair but would be attacked and mocked by local political bosses known as “Court House Gangs” who ruled all over Georgia at the time. These gangs had a massive sway and usually could make or break a up incoming young man like Gene. He had his own farm which Miss Mitt usually help run and would hire sharecropper black & white to work on his land. Talmadge treated his black workers fair and would even eat at the same table with them during work breaks but they knew the limits and he wouldn’t hesitate to put any of them in their place if they crossed him. He would go as far as have once flogged one of them and accidently nearly killed one by hitting one of them in the head with a pistol that accidently went off which even spooked Gene at the time according to a friend.
Talmadge was known as a man who kept order in McRea and during the WW1 years sometime in August Gene would prove it. This happened when a Jewish couple and their black servant came to his town after they had after their car broke down when coming on a trip from ,or to, Florida. While waiting for car repairs the woman and the negro butler were walking through a park eating apple. This discovery sent instant waves across the community of McRea “The news had no sooner reached the courthouse than lawyer Talmadge exploded out of its door waving an axe handle furiously above his head” (Anderson 23). Talmadge was soon followed by another lawyer with a hammer and popped out yelling “I’m gone git you” to that black who immediately went running to the hills when he saw the black-haired hot-tempered Talmadge. A crowed of local whites then surrounded the car of the two Jews and sent them packing, they even left the spooked black butler. This might seem an overreaction to nonracially aware people, but this is where Talmadge can truly be seen as a visionary. Talmadge realized what a problem the blacks could become if given even a little leeway. He wasn’t one to forget what happened during Reconstruction a few decades before and the disaster of black & yankee domination of the Southland. He felt very strongly that the south must preserve its traditions/race and embrace its heritage if it were to survive, he even sensed the upcoming dangers going on later to say “Look beneath the smoke and you will see a raging holocaust burning away the very foundation of our Southern traditions and values”. Talmadge deeply understood the meaning of Blood & Soil Concept saying “I am a native Georgian and my ancestors on all sides of my family have been in Georgia for 150 years . I am steeped in southern tradition and background. Neither I nor my people have ever strayed from the pasture of southern tradition. We have not even leaned against fence”. While Talmadge beliefs were common at the time he held a more iron and foreseeing fortitude to make sure they were preserved. He would become the leader of the rural planter Georgian when he would beat out the do nothing political boss J.J Brown, the GA commissioner of Agriculture, in 1926.
The Commissioner of Agriculture was no little powerless office in the 1920s one must remember most of Georgia was populated by small localized farmers and sharecroppers. These were hard and tough people unlike the weak modern man they knew what hardship was and these were exactly Talmadge’s people. The 1920s brought no good times as it had in some Northern cities, there was no “Roaring 20s” in The Empire State of the South. In fact, during this time once again the haughty self-righteous Yankee would start to meddle with the south “the mind of the North was liberalizing again as it had done before the Civil War, and was again casting its critical eye to the South. While a new sophistication washed over the North, its journalist made it fashionable to attack the rural south as an intellectual and cultural wasteland” (Anderson 29). Sounds familiar right? One should also remember this was only a few years after we helped America fight in WW 1 alongside the Yanks. Yet like always we didn’t gain any respect like some hoped yet again became the butt of a harsh joke as soon as their globalist conquest was done. Unlike now the reaction from the Southerner wasn’t nervous laughing (like today when normie Southerners shamelessly mock themselves to fit in ) but a rightly bitter recluse attitude. The Rural stock of the s South was in no mood to appease anyone but their own empty starving stomachs. Sadly, during this time many young southerners would leave home to head to the big cities for what they thought would be new opportunities. This Talmadge feared, and thought was a bad idea and would heavily encourage southern folk to stay home on the fields and not abandon their homeland. While he was Commissioner of Agriculture in the 1920s then later as governor he even recommended forcing them to stay. Talmadge during these interlude years around 1925 till 1932 would build up his image of the Ruralite hero and that he was. He one go on the radio recommending farmers on how to better their crops and profits with his tips. Some of his tips helped some didn’t but Talmadge deeply felt he must help his fellow white ruralite Georgians and would sometimes break the bureaucratic rules to do so. This would catch him heat and get him trouble a few times almost leading to his impeachment by jealous career bureaucrats in the General Assembly. Luckily sitting Governor Richard Russel would usually take Gene’s side somewhat out of general like of his good intent and somewhat because he feared Tallmadge’s popularity, which if turned on him could cost him the upcoming Senate seat he so badly wanted. The people on the other hand grew to love the man called Talmadge. Talmadge would say over one “scandal” that “Yah, Its true. I stole, but I stole for you!” to appeased farmer audience. This genuine bond would grow between Talmadge and the ruralite farmers of Georgia. The year 1932 was coming up, an election year and Talmadge soon had his eye on the Georgia Governorship.
Crowd watches Debate between Brown and Talmadge in 1926 which kick started Talmadge’s career
All listed quotes come from the biography of Talmadge titled The Wild Man from Sugar Creek by William Anderson otherwise the rest is mine, I recommend a look at the book for those who want a in depth look at the Talmadge career.
Note to reader: This was originally posted on identitydixie.com which I definitely recommend Identity Dixie for our readers unfamiliar with the site. I also might add that I have added in some additional information on Talmadge that I originally left out or may have not known a year ago. That’s partially why I’m Reuploading my debut piece. The main flow of the article remains the same however. I hope you readers enjoy the minor changes.