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The last half of the twentieth century saw the advent of a new conservative movement in the United States, a coalition that shared a common determination to redefine the American government, culture, and economy. In this volume Ronald Story and Bruce Laurie present a rich variety of primary sources, including speeches, cartoons, party platforms, and editorials, that speak The last half of the twentieth century saw the advent of a new conservative movement in the United States, a coalition that shared a common determination to redefine the American government, culture, and economy. In this volume Ronald Story and Bruce Laurie present a rich variety of primary sources, including speeches, cartoons, party platforms, and editorials, that speak to the remarkable impact of the conservative movement, from its solvent think tanks to its grassroots support. Outspoken intellectuals such as William F. Buckley and George Gilder, charismatic political figures such as George Wallace, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan, and powerful organizations like the Southern Baptist Convention and the National Rifle Association weigh in on such issues as the death penalty, taxation, gun control, affirmative action, abortion, and foreign policy. The authors’ lucid introduction traces America’s turn to the right from the demise of New Deal liberalism to the election of George W. Bush in 2000, examining the conservatives’ motivations and strategies and the key events that fostered the rise of conservative attitudes. Each document is preceded by a headnote, helping students understand how the author and his or her line of thinking fit into the story of the movement. A timeline, questions for consideration, and a list of suggested readings also aid comprehension of the material.


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The last half of the twentieth century saw the advent of a new conservative movement in the United States, a coalition that shared a common determination to redefine the American government, culture, and economy. In this volume Ronald Story and Bruce Laurie present a rich variety of primary sources, including speeches, cartoons, party platforms, and editorials, that speak The last half of the twentieth century saw the advent of a new conservative movement in the United States, a coalition that shared a common determination to redefine the American government, culture, and economy. In this volume Ronald Story and Bruce Laurie present a rich variety of primary sources, including speeches, cartoons, party platforms, and editorials, that speak to the remarkable impact of the conservative movement, from its solvent think tanks to its grassroots support. Outspoken intellectuals such as William F. Buckley and George Gilder, charismatic political figures such as George Wallace, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan, and powerful organizations like the Southern Baptist Convention and the National Rifle Association weigh in on such issues as the death penalty, taxation, gun control, affirmative action, abortion, and foreign policy. The authors’ lucid introduction traces America’s turn to the right from the demise of New Deal liberalism to the election of George W. Bush in 2000, examining the conservatives’ motivations and strategies and the key events that fostered the rise of conservative attitudes. Each document is preceded by a headnote, helping students understand how the author and his or her line of thinking fit into the story of the movement. A timeline, questions for consideration, and a list of suggested readings also aid comprehension of the material.

30 review for Rise of Conservatism in America, 1945-2000 & Abraham Lincoln, Slavery & the Civil War & Lyndon B. Johnson & American Liberalism & Up from Slavery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Stieb

    Well-assembled and brief set of sources that covers a good range of issues and ideas in the rise of the conservative movement. Nice mix of political and intellectual sources. My main complaint, however, would be that some of the sources are quite short (2-3 paragraphs) and don't give a good sense of the document or the thinker/speaker. Maybe a couple of fewer sources on economics, or fewer but longer documents in this area, would have addressed this problem. Good as a teaching resource, but I wo Well-assembled and brief set of sources that covers a good range of issues and ideas in the rise of the conservative movement. Nice mix of political and intellectual sources. My main complaint, however, would be that some of the sources are quite short (2-3 paragraphs) and don't give a good sense of the document or the thinker/speaker. Maybe a couple of fewer sources on economics, or fewer but longer documents in this area, would have addressed this problem. Good as a teaching resource, but I wouldn't assign the whole thing, as there's considerable overlap and some of the documents are too short to really chew on. Also, definitely confirmed my liberalism to read all of these sources. I was actually surprised to find myself agreeing with essentially none of them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    This a poor introduction to conservatism after the Second World War. These two authors make no distinction between types of conservatives. All conservatives, according to the authors, are collpased into "right-wing" thinkers. This is just an outmoded way of thinking of modern American conservatism.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    A thoroughly enjoyable collection of excerpted conservative writings. I would highly recommend this to anyone seeking to understand the modern-day conservative movement.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    1) America Turns the Corner (1947); Lawrence, David 2) Platform of the States' Rights Democratic Party (1948); Thurmond, Strom, et al. 3) Lincoln Day Address (1950); McCarty, Joseph R. 4) Farewell Address to Cognress (1951); MacArthur, Douglas 5) The Conservative Mind (1953); Kirk, Russell 6) Publisher's Statement on Founding National Review (1955); Buckley, William F. Jr. 7) Why the South Must Prevail (1957); National Review 8) The Blue Book of the John Birch Society (1959); Welch, Robert 9) The Consci 1) America Turns the Corner (1947); Lawrence, David 2) Platform of the States' Rights Democratic Party (1948); Thurmond, Strom, et al. 3) Lincoln Day Address (1950); McCarty, Joseph R. 4) Farewell Address to Cognress (1951); MacArthur, Douglas 5) The Conservative Mind (1953); Kirk, Russell 6) Publisher's Statement on Founding National Review (1955); Buckley, William F. Jr. 7) Why the South Must Prevail (1957); National Review 8) The Blue Book of the John Birch Society (1959); Welch, Robert 9) The Conscience of a Conservative (1960); Goldwater, Barry 10) The Sharon Statements (1960); Young Americans for Freedom 11) Capitalism and Freedom (1962); Friedman, Milton 12) Rendezvouz with Destiny (1964); Reagan, Ronald 13) Who is Accommodating to What? (1965); Bozell, L. Brent 14) George Wallace for President Brochure (1968) 15) Two Speeches (1969); Agnew, Spiro 16) Defense of the Republic (1970); Meyer, Frank S. 17) Capital Punishment (1971); Zoll, Donald Atwell 18) Confidential Memorandum: Attack on American Free Enterprise System (1971); Powell, Lewis F. Jr. 19) "You in a Heap o' Trouble, Son" (1972); MacNelly, Jeff 20) Labor Day Radio Address (1972); Nixon, Richard M. 21) Act Before It's Too Late (1974); National Rifle Association 22) Affirmative Discrimination (1975); Glazer, Nathan 23) The Taxfighters Are Coming! (1975); Crawford, Alan 24) Interview with the Washington Star (1976): Schlafly, Phyllis 25) Common Sense and the Common Danger (1976); Committee on the Present Danger 26) The NEA: A Washington Lobby Run Rampant (1978); Methvin, Eugene H. 27) American Weakness (1979); Haynie, Hugh 28) Building the Moral Majority (1979); Weyrich, Paul 29) Nomination Acceptance Speech (1980); Reagan, Ronald 30) Wealth and Poverty (1981); Gilder, George 31) Speech to the National Association of Evangelicals (1983); Reagan, Ronald 32) Social Security: Continuing Crisis or Real Reform? (1983); Dorn, J.A. 33) Resolution on Abortion (1984); Southern Baptist Convention 34) Report on Privatization (1988); President's Commission on Privatization 35) Opinion on the Juvenile Death Penalty (1988); Scalia, Antonin 36) George Bush's Hidden Tax: The Explosion in Regulation (1992); Laffer, William G. III 37) Abortion Drawings (1993); Westberg, Jenny 38) Dead Right (1994); Frum, David 39) Resolution on Homosexual Marriage (1996); Southern Baptist Convention 40) Middle-Class Families Need a Flat Tax (1999); Tate, Randy 41) Anti-Christ Philosophy Already Controls America and Europe (1999); LaHaye, Tim 42) Nomination Acceptance Speech (2000); Bush, George W.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book contains quite a bit of primary source documents that make it an interesting way of reading about the rise of the conservative movement in the U.S. However, it doesn't really distinguish between the various conservative sections. Overall though, I think it's worth the read if you're interested in this subject.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dakota

    I reference this book constantly! It is a great resource for debates and just general knowledge.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Interesting read on the rise of the Conservative movement in the United States. Would recommend if you like to read primary source documents, otherwise look for a more general history.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    An excellent set of documents; especially valuable for extending back in time to offer roots of the 1970s/80s conservative resurgence in earlier decades.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marina

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    Katelyn

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    Brandon

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

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    Kathleen

  15. 4 out of 5

    kait

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emalee

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pam Cuddeback

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matt Wihl

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bill West

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Pralat

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    Kara Brockett

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    Eli

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    Kate

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    Laura

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    Jianming Bing

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    Jacob Guernsey

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    Natalie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Was

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