Pearl Harbor in the Piedmont

December 7, 1941

"...a date which will live in infamy..."

Perhaps the most profound impact Pearl Harbor had on Georgians living in the Piedmont was the mobilization that occurred in this particular region of the state. Like the rest of the nation, Georgians were heartbroken and angry when news of Pearl Harbor reached them. However, this event also began Georgia’s rapid period of mobilization. Bases appeared all over the Piedmont region as it was the most developed area in the mostly rural state. Georgians quickly enlisted in the armed forces as well as went to work at Bell Aircraft. Pearl Harbor was a tragedy for the nation and Georgians were no exception, but it did allow Georgia to receive a great deal of Federal aid for mobilization due to the war effort, helping Georgia to emerge from the Great Depression.

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