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The Conservative Sixties

David Farber and Jeff Roche

The Conservative Sixties tells «the other story» of America in the era of left-wing protests, countercultural experiments, and a civil rights revolution. Ten original historical essays focus on Phyllis Schlafly, Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, the John Birch Society, the Minutemen, «Moral Mothers and Goldwater Girls», «Cowboy Conservatives», «National Politics versus Community Interest», «Below-the-Belt Politics», and the «Politics of Law and Order». The Conservative Sixties demonstrates that throughout the 1960s, right-wing activists organized at the grass-roots, re-thought their priorities, discovered new allies, and prepared to defeat liberals in the political and cultural arenas. This history of the 1960s puts the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush, and George W. Bush – as well as the conservative turn of Congress and the American people – into historical perspective.
Contents: David Farber/Jeff Roche: Introduction – David Farber: Democratic Subjects in the American Sixties: National Politics, Cultural Authenticity, and Community Interest – Jonathan M. Schoenwald: We Are an Action Group: The John Birch Society and the Conservative Movement in the 1960s – Evelyn A. Schlatter: «Extremism in the Defense of Liberty»: The Minutemen and the Radical Right – Michelle Nickerson: Moral Mothers and Goldwater Girls – Mary C. Brennan: Winning the War / Losing the Battle: The Goldwater Presidential Campaign and Its Effects on the Evolution of Modern Conservatism – Jeff Roche: Cowboy Conservatism – Kurt Schuparra: «A Great White Light»: The Political Emergence of Ronald Reagan – Donald T. Critchlow: Conservatism Reconsidered: Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism – Scott Flipse: Below-the-Belt Politics: Protestant Evangelicals, Abortion, and the Foundation of the New Religious Right, 1960-75 – Michael W. Flamm: The Politics of «Law and Order».