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The politics of rage : George Wallace, the origins of the new conservatism, and the transformation of American politics /
Dan T. Carter.
2nd ed.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 2000.
580 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0807125970 (alk. paper)
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 2000.
0807125970 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [551]-555) and index.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, USA, 1995 - 1996 : Won
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-09-15:
Historian Carter's biography of the former Alabama governor and presidential candidate emphasizes Wallace's ability to exploit white racism and social conservatism to further his political career. It contends that he gave voice to themes that were to be used effectively by Republican politicians in their electoral victories of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Carter concludes that Wallace was the "most influential loser in twentieth century American politics." Another recent biographer, Stephen Lesher (George Wallace: American Populist, LJ 3/1/94), attributes to him an even wider influence‘one affecting liberal and conservative politicians of both major parties. Carter's work has the more complete account of Wallace's administrations as governor and of his political campaigns, while Lesher's biography offers more insight into Wallace as a person. Academic libraries should have both volumes. For other collections, either would be an acceptable choice.‘Thomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1996-04:
Carter (Emory Univ.) has written a scholarly yet highly readable account of the life and times of Alabama governor George C. Wallace. The author chronicles Wallace's early years, his rise to the governorship in his home state, and his focal point--lightning-rod leadership of the forces of segregation during the turbulent days of the Civil Rights Movement. Carter examines the governor's famed "stand in the schoolhouse door" at the University of Alabama in 1963 to prevent African American students from enrolling, but his emphasis is on the national political movement that Wallace built as a presidential candidate in 1964, 1968, 1972, and 1976. Wallace's nationwide appeal to working-class white ethnics, blue-collar workers, rural southerners, and victims of urban crime is explored in depth, as is his emergence as a populist and conservative spokesman, seen in extreme terms by both his supporters and his detractors. Carter avoids some of the condescending verbiage used by previous Wallace biographers in their accounts. If there is any shortcoming here, it is Carter's neglect of the American Independent Party, the political vehicle that Wallace created in 1968 to place him on 50 state presidential ballots. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. K. Hauser; University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1995-08-21:
Despite the title, this book is mainly an interpretive biography of former Alabama governor Wallace, with few revelations but more of a skeptical edge than Stephan Lesher's recent authorized bio, George Wallace: American Populist. (This book argues, contra Lesher, that Wallace did in fact vow not to be ``out-niggered.'') A history professor at Emory University, Carter (Scottsboro) has produced a detailed and readable account of Wallace‘``the most influential loser in twentieth-century American politics''‘as political animal, driven by ambition far more than by ideology, with a disarmingly folksy personal style. On the wrong side in so many civil rights-era clashes, from Bull Connor's brutality in Birmingham to the admitting of black students to the state university, Wallace nonetheless tapped the ``Southernization'' of suburban and ethnic white America, thereby fueling his two presidential bids. Though his crippling in a 1972 assassination attempt ended his political career, Wallace, as the author states in a coda, anticipated ``the conservative groundswell that transformed American politics in the 1980s.'' (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Combining biography with regional and national history, Dan T. Carter chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of George Wallace, a populist who abandoned his ideals to become a national symbol of racism, and later begged for forgiveness. In The Politics of Rage, Carter argues persuasively that the four-time Alabama governor and four-time presidential candidate helped to establish the conservative political movement that put Ronald Reagan in the White House in 1980 and gave Newt Gingrich and the Republicans control of Congress in 1994. In this second edition, Carter updates Wallace's story with a look at the politician's death and the nation's reaction to it and gives a summary of his own sense of the legacy of "the most important loser in twentieth-century American politics".

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