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Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to the Present
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 ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published March 16th 2009 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Donald Critchlow's essay on the ascendancy of conservatism is possibly the best summary of the movement at large. Because this book is a debate series, it includes an opposing viewpoint from Nancy MacLean. MacLean’s essay is a throwback to how most liberal academics wrote about conservatism before the boom in conservative scholarship a few years ago. A total of 17 primary documents are included, and a number of good books are included in the bibliography.
Fantastic! Gave me so much proof of the evils of Conservatism. No I'm just kidding, but this was a completely fascinating look at the rise of modern Conservatism in America. We had a great discussion about it in class too. I have absolutely loved this class and am sad to leave it!