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Triumph of the right [electronic resource] : the rise of the California conservative movement, 1945-1966 /
Kurt Schuparra.
Armonk, NY : M.E. Sharpe, c1998.
xxiv, 221 p. ; 24 cm.
0765602776 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Armonk, NY : M.E. Sharpe, c1998.
0765602776 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-209) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-03-01:
Schuparra's well-researched study examines the role of 1940s to 1960s California politics in the growth of the conservative movement nationally. After describing the origins of the California conservative movement at the grass roots, he focuses on four state campaigns: the 1958, 1962, and 1966 governor's races and the Goldwater-Rockefeller contest in the 1964 presidential primary. Although three of these contests resulted in losses for the Right, they nonetheless contributed to the emergence of a stronger, and ultimately electorally viable conservatism in America. The author makes excellent use of original archival sources and incorporates much of the literature on the Right. One may nonetheless quibble with Schuparra's argument that other works on the Right are mostly by nonconservatives who treat the Right dismissively. While much of the earlier scholarship about the Right was unsympathetic to the movement intellectually, many celebratory works by conservative scholars themselves as well as more balanced works have proliferated since the 1980s. Much of the important recent scholarship on the Right is not covered here. Schuparra nonetheless succeeds in presenting a balanced analysis where many others have failed. This engagingly written book is highly recommended for undergraduates and above, and should appeal to an educated lay audience as well as to academic specialists. M. J. Rozell; University of Pennsylvania
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The only available history of conservative politics in California, this book deals with the myriad factors that led to the formation and rise of the conservative movement in California after World War II, culminating in the election of Reagan as governor in 1966. Schuparra brings the unusual perspective of gender, race, and rhetoric into the story and is especially interested in the movement's role in pivotal electoral contests. This study also assesses how the struggle between California liberals and conservatives -- and those caught in the middle -- both reflected and influenced the national debate over major government policies and social issues, particularly on racial matters.
Table of Contents
"It's Not the Party--but the Man"
"Freedom versus Tyranny"
"A Little Piece of America"
"The 'Old Nixon' Is the Real Nixon"
"How the West Was Won"
"A Great White Light"
Triumph of the Right
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