Conservatism and Racism, and Why in America They Are the Same

Conservatism and Racism, and Why in America They Are the Same

by Robert C. Smith
     
 

In this provocative, wide-ranging study, Robert C. Smith contends that ideological conservatism and racism are and always have been equivalent in the United States. In this carefully constructed and thoroughly documented philosophical, historical, and empirical inquiry, Smith analyzes conservative ideas from John Locke to William F. Buckley, Jr., as well as the… See more details below

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In this provocative, wide-ranging study, Robert C. Smith contends that ideological conservatism and racism are and always have been equivalent in the United States. In this carefully constructed and thoroughly documented philosophical, historical, and empirical inquiry, Smith analyzes conservative ideas from John Locke to William F. Buckley, Jr., as well as the parallels between the rise and decline of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1970s and the ascendancy of the conservative movement to national power in 1980. Using archival material from the Reagan library, the book includes detailed analysis of the Reagan presidency and race, focusing on affirmative action, the Voting Rights act, the Grove City case, welfare reform, South Africa policy, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Conservatism and Racism, and Why in America They are the Same goes beyond a focus on the right wing, concluding with an analysis of the enduring impact of the conservative movement and the Reagan presidency on liberalism, race, and the Democratic Party.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438432335
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
SUNY series in African American Studies Series
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Defi ning the Terms of Discourse

2. Lockean “Liberalism” as the Conservative Ideology in America

3. Th e Special Place of the South in American Conservatism

4. Th e Rise of the Liberal Remnant

5. African American Thought and the Conservative Remnant

6. Racism and the Conservative Intellectual Movement, 1945–1970

7. Racism and Neoconservatism, 1968–1980

8 . Th e Ascendancy of Ronald Reagan and the Parts Played by Ideology and Race

9. The Reagan Presidency and Race

10. Conclusion

Notes
About the Author
Index

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