Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to the Present

Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to the Present

by Donald T. Critchlow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742548244

ISBN-13: 2900742548243

Pub. Date: 03/16/2009

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Debating the American Conservative Movement chronicles one of the most dramatic stories of modern American political history. The authors describe how a small band of conservatives in the immediate aftermath of World War II launched a revolution that shifted American politics to the right, challenged the New Deal order, transformed the Republican Party into a voice

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Debating the American Conservative Movement chronicles one of the most dramatic stories of modern American political history. The authors describe how a small band of conservatives in the immediate aftermath of World War II launched a revolution that shifted American politics to the right, challenged the New Deal order, transformed the Republican Party into a voice of conservatism, and set the terms of debate in American politics as the country entered the new millennium. Historians Donald T. Critchlow and Nancy MacLean frame two opposing perspectives of how the history of conservatism in modern America can be understood, but readers are encouraged to reach their own conclusions through reading engaging primary documents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900742548243
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Series:
Debating Twentieth-Century America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244

Table of Contents

Preface vii

The Conservative Ascendancy Donald T. Critchlow 1

Documents

1 Conservatives Debate the Cold War: Excerpt from "Conservatism and the National Review: Criticism and Reply" (November 1961) Ronald Hamowy William F. Buckley Jr., 61

2 Young Conservatives Organize: The Sharon Statement (September 11, 1960) 75

3 A Conservative Speaks in Favor of Civil Rights: Senator Everett Dirksen, Congressional Record (June 1964) 77

4 A Conservative Opposes the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Congressional Record (June 1964) Senator Barry Goldwater 83

5 The Cold War and the Arms Race: Excerpt from Memorandum to Donald Rumsfeld from (December 19, 1974) Paul H. Nitze 87

6 Conservative Values: "Remarks at the Annual Convention of the National Association of the Evangelicals" (March 8, 1983) Ronald Reagan 99

7 "Creators of the Future" (March 1, 1985) Ronald Reagan 109

8 Conservatives on Religious Freedom: "Religious Liberty" (2008) Mitt Romney 117

Guardians of Privilege Nancy MacLean 123

Documents

1 "What Is Conservatism?" (1966) Frank Meyer 177

2 "I Sense Here a Realignment of Southern Conservative Democrats" (1953) Barry Goldwater 181

3 "Integration Is Communization" (1957) Richard M. Weaver 183

4 "Our Position on States' Rights Is the Same as Your Own": Letter from William F. Buckley Jr. to W. J. Simmons (September 10, 1958); Letter from (September 5, 1958) W. J. Simmons J. P. McFadden 187

5 Young Americans for Freedom, "King Was a Collectivist" (1968) 189

6 "Linda's Crusade" (May 21, 1968) William F. Buckley Jr. 193

7 Phyllis Schlafly, "What's Wrong with 'Equal Rights' for Women?" (February 1972) 197

8 "Jefferson Davis'sDescendents...Are Becoming Involved with the Republican Party": Southern Partisan Interview with Trent Lott (1984) 201

9 "An Open Letter to the Christian Coalition" (1995) Elizabeth Birch 205

Selected Readings 211

Index 221

About the Authors 235

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