Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to the Present

Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to the Present

by Donald T. Critchlow, Nancy MacLean
     
 

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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 the Second World War launched a revolution that shifted American politics to the right, challenged the New Deal order, transformed the Republican party into a… See more details below

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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 the Second World War 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 documents.

Editorial Reviews

History Teacher
The book splits between Critchlow's sympathetic views of conservatism after World War II and MacLean's rebuttal of conservatism as a positive force in American politics. Each essay is followed by a set of primary documents designed to substantiate preceding arguments. A great guide . . . for history students. . . . The essays are critical to demonstrating how to frame ideological debates without resorting to logical fallacies and name-calling.
Matthew D. Lassiter
Debating the American Conservative Movement presents a lively, passionate argument about the rise of the New Right and its far-reaching consequences for American politics since World War II. Two distinguished historians, Donald Critchlow and Nancy MacLean, concur that the conservative movement came to power because 'ideas have consequences' but disagree on almost everything else that they discuss in this volume. Their competing perspectives on modern conservatism will help students understand the high stakes of historical debates over the legacy of the New Deal, the fate of the civil rights movement, the emergence of the Religious Right, and the meaning of the 'Reagan Revolution.'
Bruce J. Schulman
A stimulating and valuable book. With vigorously argued essays by major scholars and a revealing collection of primary sources, this volume allows students to understand—and invites them to enter—the historical debate on this pivotal subject.
Laura A. Belmonte
An engaging, fair, and invaluable collection—a marvelous addition to any course on modern America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461636670
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Series:
Debating Twentieth-Century America
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
244
File size:
2 MB

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