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The Rise of Conservatism in America 1945-2000: A Brief History with Documents

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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 ...more
paper, 208 pages
Published March 21st 2007 by Bedford/St. Martin's
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Meg
Aug 09, 2014 Meg rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable collection of excerpted conservative writings. I would highly recommend this to anyone seeking to understand the modern-day conservative movement.
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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
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Samantha
Nov 02, 2014 Samantha rated it really liked it
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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.
Seth
Jul 29, 2011 Seth rated it did not like it
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.
Nick
Apr 25, 2013 Nick rated it liked it
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.
Gretchen
Dec 21, 2009 Gretchen rated it really liked it
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An excellent set of documents; especially valuable for extending back in time to offer roots of the 1970s/80s conservative resurgence in earlier decades.
Dakota
Feb 14, 2012 Dakota rated it really liked it
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I reference this book constantly! It is a great resource for debates and just general knowledge.
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