Barry Goldwater and the Remaking of the American Political Landscape

Barry Goldwater and the Remaking of the American Political Landscape

by Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (Editor)


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Barry Goldwater and the Remaking of the American Political Landscape by Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

Nearly four million Americans worked on Barry Goldwater’s behalf in the presidential election of 1964. These citizens were as dedicated to their cause as those who fought for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. Arguably, the conservative agenda that began with Goldwater has had effects on American politics and society as profound and far reaching as the liberalism of the 1960s. According to the essays in this volume, it’s high time for a reconsideration of Barry Goldwater’s legacy.

Since Goldwater’s death in 1998, politicians, pundits, and academics have been assessing his achievements and his shortcomings. The twelve essays in this volume thoroughly examine the life, times, and impact of “Mr. Conservative.” Scrutinizing the transformation of a Phoenix department store owner into a politician, de facto political philosopher, and five-time US senator, contributors highlight the importance of power, showcasing the relationship between the nascent conservative movement’s cadre of elite businessmen, newsmen, and intellectuals and their followers at the grassroots—or sagebrush—level.

Goldwater, who was born in the Arizona Territory in 1909, was deeply influenced by his Western upbringing. With his appearance on the national stage in 1964, he not only articulated a new brand of conservatism but gave a voice to many Americans who were not enamored with the social and political changes of the era. He may have lost the battle for the presidency, but he energized a coalition of journalists, publishers, women’s groups, and Southerners to band together in a movement that reshaped the nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816521098
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 02/28/2013
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Tandy Shermer is an assistant professor of history at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of Sunbelt Capitalism: Phoenix and the Transformation of American Politics, co-editor of The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg View’s economic history blog, Echoes.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments viiIntroduction 1Part I. Goldwater's Arizona and Arizona's Goldwater1 The Conscience of a Conservationist: Barry Goldwaterand the Colorado RiverAndrew Needham 192 Drafting a Movement: Barry Goldwater and the Rebirthof the Arizona Republican PartyElizabeth Tandy Shermer 433 Southwestern Strategy: Mexican Americans andRepublican Politics in the Arizona BorderlandsMicaela Anne Larkin 66Part II. The Goldwater Moment4 Getting to Goldwater: Robert A. Taft, William F. Knowland,and the Rightward Drift of the Republican PartyMichael Bowen 875 The Dealers and the Darling: Conservative Media andthe Candidacy of Barry GoldwaterNicole Hemmer 1146 Goldwater in Dixie: Race, Region, and theRise of the RightJoseph Crespino 1447 Goldwater's "Moral Mothers": Miscalculations of Genderin the 1964 Republican Presidential CampaignMichelle Nickerson 170Part III. Beyond 1964 and Goldwater Conservatism8 Phoenix's Cowboy Conservatives in WashingtonElizabeth Tandy Shermer 1939 Green Goldwater: Barry Goldwater, FederalEnvironmentalism, and the Transformation ofModern ConservatismBrian Allen Drake 21410 Time Is an Elusive Companion: Jesse Helms, BarryGoldwater, and the Dynamic of Modern ConservatismWilliam A. Link 238Afterword: Barry Goldwater in History and MemoryRobert Alan Goldberg 259About the Contributors 271Index 275


Western history and politics, US political history

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