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Basic History of American Conservatism

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This small volume is separated into two parts. In the first, the author (affiliation unknown), provides a brief history of American conservatism, covering periods from the colonial era to Ronald Reagan and beyond. The second section incorporates documents such as Alexander Hamilton's interpretation of the Constitution, a Southern defense of slavery, a William F. Buckley, Jr. speech, Barry Goldwater's speech opposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and a discussion of the Moral Majority and its goals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575240701
  • Publisher: Krieger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Anvil Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii
Part I History
1. Conservatism in Colonial and Early America 3
2. Conservatism in the Age of Democracy 14
3. Conservatism in the Antebellum South 28
4. The Rise of Laissez-Faire Conservatism 39
5. Conservative Custodians of Culture 55
6. Conservatism Between the Wars 66
7. The Postwar Conservative Revival 80
8. Conservatism in an Age of Turmoil 95
9. Conservatism Ascendant: The Reagan Years and After 112
Part II Documents
1. Alexander Hamilton Broadly Interprets the Constitution 133
2. A Conservative Defends a Republican Form of Government 137
3. The Supreme Court Extends Its Powers 139
4. A Defense of Property Qualifications for Voting 143
5. An Argument for Liberty Balanced by Order 146
6. John C. Calhoun and the Concurrent Majority 149
7. A Southerner Defends Slavery 153
8. An Argument for Laissez-Faire Conservatism 157
9. The Effects of Public Opinion on Democracy 160
10. A Cultural Conservative's Ambivalence 163
11. A Conservative Looks to Medievalism 166
12. A New Humanist Urges Aristocracy 168
13. A Southern Agrarian Takes His Stand 172
14. A Conservative Opposes Universal Military Training 176
15. William F. Buckley, Jr. Speaks out for Conservatism 180
16. Young Conservatives Affirm Their Principles 184
17. Barry Goldwater Opposes the Civil Rights Act of 1964 186
18. Irving Kristol on Conservatism and Capitalism 189
19. A Jurist Calls for Judicial Restraint 192
20. The Moral Majority and Its Goals 195
21. Cultural Modernism and Capitalism 198
22. A Neoconservative's Views on Foreign Policy 202
Select Bibliography 207
Index 211
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