Georgia experienced tremendous growth and change following World War II. Wartime production created jobs and brought wealth to Georgia, which in turn helped pull the state out of the economic depression of the 1930s. Many cities became important industrial centers to support the war effort and continued to provide jobs, goods, and services long after the war ended.
During this period, Georgia also witnessed the elections of several forward thinking, progressive leaders like William B. Hartsfield, Ivan Allen Jr., and Ellis Arnall, each of whom promoted industry, transportation, agriculture, major league sports, and tourism. Georgia truly became the “Empire State of the South” in the twenty-five years following World War II.