By 1940 it was clear to Eugene Talmadge that Georgia needed him more than ever. The last 4 years since he had left the governorship the state had steadily grown bankrupt from the policies of the sitting Governor Ed Rivers. Rivers was a New Deal man and for all sakes and purposes had rode FDR’s coat tails to become the governor of Georgia. Being that Talmadge had been beaten twice for a US senate seat by both of the sitting senators (in 36 by Russell and 38 by Walter George) and losing his bid to stop FDR in the 30s Talmadge realized his chances to become governor again seem better. The failure of “The Little New Deal” in Ga proved to Talmadge he was right all along about the New Deal.
1940 Campaign for Governor & Pre-Pearl Harbor
Talmadge by 1940 despite his two failed Senate race bids he had proven himself a capable candidate even whipping FDR handpicked man in the 1938 Senate race. He however lost the race as to Senator George. One thing to take note is that the media manipulators of the day would slowly become aware of Talmadge and were waiting for the opportunity to undermine the Wild Man from Sugar Creek. I think one reason for this was Talmadge’s stern isolationist stance involving World War Two. Talmadge feared that FDR was preparing to throw the US into another vain war that would bring about ruin and headache to the people of America. Talmadge himself remember that after World War 1 the South had gain nothing and that only the North benefited from the war. He remembered how the arrogant yankees had castigated the South in the years following World War 1. The only thing stopping the busy bodies in the North from launching an all-out campaign to purge the South of the color line was the Great Depression to which they were in too much financial trouble to harass the south. Furthermore, Gene admired the leadership of Mussolini and Hitler, he saw no reason to go intervene in the war in Europe for the sake of “muh democracy”. Talmadge himself had supposedly bragged about reading Mein Kampf seven times and openly admired Mussolini’s tactics to getting people to work. He also had made many positive remarks on imperial Japan in his New Paper The Statesmen, (which was inspired by Tom Watson’s successful paper The Jeffersonian which he used to exposed the Jewish predator Frank) . This would get Talmadge noticed in Japan and they would send one of his editors an invitation to “witness the real life and scenic beauties of Japan so that you may represent them to the American people through your newspaper” (Anderson 194). Talmadge wasn’t one to fall for the ((liberal)) propaganda machine that was brewing up an anti-Axis (mainly German) storm in the North. So, when Talmadge ran in 1940 many liberals were already running their loud mouths talking about how Talmadge was a “backwoods buffoon’ and would never sit in the Gold Dome again.
In the months before 1940 Talmadge had been building up a massive grass-roots movement made up of his old allies and ruralite supporters. One tale worth mentioning was how Gene managed to net the urbanites in Atlanta’s vote despite never doing so before. Talmadge would round up the top prostitutes of Atlanta and convinced them to get their urbanite “patrons” to vote for him, knowing the urbanites leaders would be forced to oblige or else be exposed. Talmadge would win the Fulton County vote that year. That’s one way to crush the degenerate Urbanite….
One of the primary factors that would gain Talmadge victory in 1940 was the bloody War taking place in Europe. The people of Georgia had grown uneasy and fearful, rightfully so.
“He was their [the people of Georgia] crutch in a way, only this time, it was the war and needless bankruptcy that demanded an aura of toughness. and Gene was the man with the sword” (Anderson 188).
June 12th, 1940 the Talmadge campaign officially hit the road starting in Atlanta where “Gene was tanned, his hair long, his white shirt starched, and his suspenders blaring red” would deliver his first public speech in the crusade to retake the Governorship of Georgia (Anderson 189). He and his son Herman knew it was the prefect opportunity to make a come back and save Georgia while the hostile media was too busy focusing on the war in Europe…and how to get America in it. Herman had been very helpful in putting together the 1940 platform that while not changing much would elevate his father to victory in the gubernational primary that year. The plank included 6 main planks and a “gimmick” plank :
( 1) to maintain public schools and pay teachers; (2) to enforce economy in government; (3) to protect the counties ;(4) to veto a sales tax ;(5) to encourage the devolvement of natural resources ; and (6) to cooperate with the federal as war approached (Anderson 191).
The final plank and the most far sighted one was “The Family license” which would save large (White) families money thus encouraging Georgians having big families. Herman Talmadge would also help win over people from the “other camp” with his youthful charisma and political skill learned from his father. The campaign of 1940 also wasn’t lacking in any fights as multiple brawls would break out during the campaign between Talmadge’s ruralites and his opponents. On September 11th it election day it was soon clear that Ole Gene would be the next Governor of Georgia in a massive landslide victory. Talmadge’s supporters went wild with joy, his followers would again strap on the red suspenders for Talmadge’s return. Talmadge was a man on a role in Georgia who had big plans and even sent his son Herman to “bury the hatchet” with FDR in D.C. .Little did Talmadge realize that he was about to be tried like never before as Governor and as a Southern White man. Talmadge was about to become the number 1 hated enemy of the press in all of Dixieland.
I believe everyone even moderately conservative or rightwing will admit that academia has gone to hell in modern times. Many though fail to realize just how this happen in the first place and just how bad its been over the decades. The takeover of the universities by “leftist” has been taking place for years even before the 2nd Reconstruction (“The Civil Rights Movement”). In all areas the “Right” has utterly failed to stop this Marxist take over and now with Trump just ignore the chaos taking place on American Universities. Talmadge realized this though in 1941, and he wasn’t about to let any take over happen under his watch. The University of Georgia, in Athens, is where it would all go down in those months of 1941 after Talmadge had just became governor again. UGA had in 1937 hired a yankee by the name of Walter Cocking who was made dean of the College of Education at the University of Georgia. Mr. Cocking was a liberal of his times thought many would not consider him that today. Mr. Cocking had wanted blacks to be able to use the segregated UGA facilities, though not at the same time, this might not seem that radical, but one must remember this was the early 1940s and that had Cockings pushed too hard the backlash could have costed him his life. Something that should also be pointed out is who was backing Cocking, which was the Rosenwald Fund. The Rosenwald fund was created by the rich northerner ((Julius Rosenwald)) who wanted to bring change to the “backwardness of southern schools”. This all would set off alarms within Governor Talmadge who realized what was at stake if he didn’t nip this conspiracy in the bud before it got off the ground. Cocking was also alleged to be having an affair with his black cook and that he kept hinting to integration in private. Talmadge after hearing all this was ready to strike. In May 1942, Talmadge being part of the Board of Regents, he held a defacto spot since he was governor, would meet with the fellow board members, it was here he would bring up Mr. Cocking. Talmadge would go on to say he would remove “any person in the university system advocating communism or racial equality” including Mr. Cocking (Anderson 197). Both the motions that Talmadge put forward would pass. This would cause another meeting on June 16th where Talmadge would bring in a witness against Cocking but none the less Cocking was reinstated by the rest of the Board members. This would infuriate Talmadge who would write in The Statesmen “I’m not going to put up with social equality. We don’t need no niggers and white people taught together” (Anderson 197) Talmadge was dead serious on this issue and for good reasons. Talmadge foresaw what could happen if integration was enacted, he fully understood the percussions went far beyond just schooling. Talmadge was well read and knew that by giving the enemy an inch they’d take a mile. Talmadge also would go after Dr Marvin Pittman who was president of Georgia’s Teachers College at Statesboro. Pittman was also another well-known so called “progressive educator”. On July 14th Talmadge would call on Pitman and Cocking to attend a hearing against them in the General Assembly chambers. Here Talmadge would expose the two as the leftist radicals they were. Talmadge had discovered Rosenwald’s Funding connections to Cocking calling it “Jew money for niggers”. The room was packed out with people and Talmadge sat smoking a huge cigar with a menacing look on his face. Then Jim Peters (one of Talmadge’s supporters) showed the room a book called Brown America written by A Rosenwald chief Edwin Embree that had been discovered in the Statesboro library. Peters revealed the book had plans to “pull the white man down and draw the races together. They want them to use the same schools, ride the same trains. It means they want intermarriage, that’s what it means!” to which Talmadge yelled “They won’t do it,” the gallery erupted with laughter and applause (Anderson 119). Talmadge managed to gain full power of the courtroom and expose the devious plots by the cultural Marxist teachers using his excellent oratory and mastery of the tongue and truth. The arrogant Cocking himself soon stood up and denied the charges and said, “That such tactics could be employed in any country on earth is hard to believe, that they are employed in Georgia has all the earmarks of a terrific nightmare” to which the gallery itself rose up in righteous southern backlash and yelled back “Yankee Teacher!”. Imagine if this were to happen today. All the anti-white professors who infest our once great universities with Marxist lies were finally brought before the Southern people to account for their insidious attacks on our people. Talmadge did just that.
“Prior to the hearing he began mounting a public campaign that painted the two men as communist financed by the Jews and bent on destroying Georgia’s culture” (Anderson 197).
Talmadge wasn’t wrong. He was also working behind the scenes to get rid of the Board Members who had voted against him including The Constitution, one of the biggest newspapers in Georgia, editor Clark Howell. Talmadge wasn’t one to bicker without action and personally demanded Howell resign from the Boar… which Clark did.
Talmadge at this point faced a major choice in his career, one highlighted with a conversation he had with his advisers and friends. All of Talmadge’s advisers and friends warned Talmadge that he should just let this go and not force the Pro-Cocking members to resign. Indeed, these Board members were powerful men with deep pockets and influence. A friend by the name of Jim Peters told Talmadge
“Let the elections [the elections to keep Cocking by the Board] stand, Gene. You can go all over Georgia from now to election time, cuss Cocking and Pittman and fan the racial thing and get elected. You have these regents and the university officials backed to the wall. This racial thing will reelect you overwhelmingly, because the people are with you. But if you accept these resignations, Clark Howell and the Constitution will fight you with all their power and influence, and the university will lose its accreditation and the two will result in your defeat” (Anderson 198)
Talmadge wasn’t going to back down and make some token gesture just to win reelection. No newspaper was going to force him to do anything. Talmadge was going to stick to his guns like a man and face whatever consequences might arise. Talmadge had courageously exposed the secret attempts by leftists to take over academia in Georgia and now the hidden figures behind the curtain decided to launch all their power and influence at Talmadge. Talmadge was a danger to their plans.