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This Day in Georgia History

February 15, 1952

Talmadge Signed Four Resolutions

Gov. Herman Talmadge signed several joint resolutions of the General Assembly, including resolutions that:

Directed the Budget Bureau to purchase Stone Mountain and the adjoining land for development of a Confederate Memorial Park.
Directed the Department of State Parks to purchase land in Gordon County for creation of a New Echota State Memorial Park at the site of the former Cherokee national capital.
Urged the State Board of Education to require all high school students to take at least one year’s course in U.S. history, geography, and civics. The resolution further urged the State Board of Regents to offer a year’s course in the three subjects in every college. The timing and text of the resolution suggest that its motivation was not just in the name of good curriculum but was influenced by the Cold War and efforts of Sen. Joseph McCarthy to fight Communism.
Urged the other 47 states to join Georgia in trying to cut back federal aid to states.