Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right

Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right

by Sean P. Cunningham
     
 

During the 1960s and 1970s, Texas was rocked by a series of political transitions. Despite its century-long heritage of solidly Democratic politics, the state became a Republican stronghold virtually overnight, and by 1980 it was known as "Reagan Country." Ultimately, Republicans dominated the Texas political landscape, holding all twenty-seven of its elected

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During the 1960s and 1970s, Texas was rocked by a series of political transitions. Despite its century-long heritage of solidly Democratic politics, the state became a Republican stronghold virtually overnight, and by 1980 it was known as "Reagan Country." Ultimately, Republicans dominated the Texas political landscape, holding all twenty-seven of its elected offices and carrying former governor George W. Bush to his second term as president with more than 61 percent of the Texas vote.Sean P. Cunningham examines the remarkable history of Republican Texas in Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right. Utilizing extensive research drawn from the archives of four presidential libraries, gubernatorial papers, local campaign offices, and oral histories, Cunningham presents a compelling narrative of the most notable regional genesis of modern conservatism. Spanning the decades from Kennedy's assassination to Reagan's presidency, Cunningham reveals a vivid portrait of modern conservatism in one of the nation's largest and most politically powerful states. The newest title in the New Directions in Southern History series, Cunningham's Cowboy Conservatism demonstrates Texas's distinctive and vital contributions to the transformation of postwar American politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813125763
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
11/30/2010
Series:
New Directions in Southern History Series
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,360,225
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

1 The Eyes of Texas: Political Culture and Tradition 12

2 Growing Pains: The Politics of Extremism 40

3 Reconstructing Conservatism: Antiliberalism and the Limits of "Law and order" 68

4 "I am a Sick American": Race, Fear, and the Limits of Backlash Politics 97

5 Poisons: Establishments in Crisis 127

6 Civil War: Populist Conservatism and the 1976 Campaigns 155

7 The Gathering Storm: Republican Momentum and the Albattoss of Jimmy Carter 182

8 Revolution: Reagan and Texas in 1980 209

Conclusion 237

Notes 243

Bibliography 273

Index 283

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