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Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s / Edition 1
     

Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s / Edition 1

by Bruce J. Schulman, Julian E. Zelizer
 

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ISBN-10: 0674027582

ISBN-13: 9780674027589

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Harvard

Often considered a lost decade, a pause between the liberal Sixties and Reagan’s Eighties, the 1970s were indeed a watershed era when the forces of a conservative counter-revolution cohered. These years marked a significant moral and cultural turning point in which the conservative movement became the motive force driving politics for the ensuing three

Overview

Often considered a lost decade, a pause between the liberal Sixties and Reagan’s Eighties, the 1970s were indeed a watershed era when the forces of a conservative counter-revolution cohered. These years marked a significant moral and cultural turning point in which the conservative movement became the motive force driving politics for the ensuing three decades.

Interpreting the movement as more than a backlash against the rampant liberalization of American culture, racial conflict, the Vietnam War, and Watergate, these provocative and innovative essays look below the surface, discovering the tectonic shifts that paved the way for Reagan’s America. They reveal strains at the heart of the liberal coalition, resulting from struggles over jobs, taxes, and neighborhood reconstruction, while also investigating how the deindustrialization of northern cities, the rise of the suburbs, and the migration of people and capital to the Sunbelt helped conservatism gain momentum in the twentieth century. They demonstrate how the forces of the right coalesced in the 1970s and became, through the efforts of grassroots activists and political elites, a movement to reshape American values and policies.

A penetrating and provocative portrait of a critical decade in American history, Rightward Bound illuminates the seeds of both the successes and the failures of the conservative revolution. It helps us understand how, despite conservatism’s rise, persistent tensions remain today between its political power and the achievements of twentieth-century liberalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674027589
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
Bruce Schulman and Julian E. Zelizer

Part I. Mobilizing the Movement

1. Inventing Family Values
Matthew D. Lassiter

2. The Evangelical Resurgence in 1970s American Protestantism
Paul S. Boyer

3. Make Payroll, Not War
Bethany E. Moreton

4. Gender and America's Right Turn
Marjorie Spruill

5. Civil Rights and the Religious Right
Joseph Crespino

6. The Decade of the Neighborhood
Suleiman Osman

7. Cultural Politics and the Singer/Songwriters of the 1970s
Bradford Martin

8. Financing the Counterrevolution
Alice O'Connor

Part II. The Battle over Policies and Politics

9. The White Ethnic Strategy
Thomas J. Sugrue and John D. Skrentny

10. The Conservative Struggle and the Energy Crisis
Meg Jacobs

11. Turnabout Years: Public Sector Unionism and the Fiscal Crisis
Joseph McCartin

12. Détente and Its Discontents
Jeremi Suri

13. Carter's Nicaragua and Other Democratic Quagmires
Derek N. Buckaloo

14. Conservatives, Carter, and the Politics of National Security
Julian E. Zelizer

Epilogue
Bruce Schulman and Julian E. Zelizer

Notes

List of Contributors

Index

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