White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement

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Grove Press, 2008 - History - 598 pages
Spanning nearly one hundred years of American political history, and abounding with outsize characters—from Lindbergh to Goldwater to Gingrich to Abramoff—White Protestant Nation offers a penetrating look at the origins, evolution, and triumph (at times) of modern conservatism. Lichtman is both a professor of political history at American University and a veteran journalist, and after ten years of prodigious research, he has produced what may be the definitive history of the modern conservative movement in America. He brings to life a gallery of dynamic right-wing personalities, from luminaries such as Strom Thurmond, Phyllis Schlafly, and Bill Kristol to indispensable inside operators like financiers Frank Gannett and J. Howard Pew. He explodes the conventional wisdom that modern conservative politics began with Goldwater and instead traces the roots of today’s movement to the 1920s. And he lays bare the tactics that conservatives have used for generations to put their slant on policy and culture; to choke the growth of the liberal state; and to build the most powerful media, fundraising, and intellectual network in the history of representative government. White Protestant Nation is entertaining, provocative, enlightening, and essential reading for anyone who cares about modern American politics and its history.
 

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Comprehensive overview of the history and future of American conservatism.Lichtman (History/American Univ.; The Keys to the White House: A Surefire Guide to Predicting the Next President, 1996, etc ... Read full review

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The Shifting Faces of American Conservatism One of the most comprehensive volumes I've come across on the origins and rise of modern American conservatism. "White Protestant Nation" chronicles the arc ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN RIGHT
8
CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS 19291936
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UP FROM THE ASHES 19361945
93
THE BEST AND THE WORST YEARS FOR
136
STRANGERS IN A MODERN
184
CONSERVATIVES FALL RISE
232
THE RIGHT REBUILDS IN ADVERSITY
281
THE REAGAN REVOLUTION 19771984
330
RESTORING THE CONSERVATIVE
379
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