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The roots of modern conservatism : Dewey, Taft, and the battle for the soul of the Republican Party /
Michael Bowen.
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.
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ix, 254 p.
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0807834858 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780807834855 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.
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0807834858 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780807834855 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Thirst for power and self-perpetuation, 1944-1946 -- Communism vs. republicanism, 1946-1948 -- Opportunity wasted, 1948 -- A nation of morons, 1949-1950 -- The great Republican mystery, 1951-1952 -- If we sleep on this, we are really suckers, 1952 -- Prelude to a purge, 1952-1953 -- Moderating republicanism, 1953-1964.
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7838116
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Between 1944 and 1953, a power struggle emerged between New York governor Thomas Dewey and U.S. senator Robert Taft of Ohio that threatened to split the Republican Party. Bowen reveals how this two-man battle for control of the GOP--and the Republican presidential nomination--escalated into a divide of ideology that ultimately determined the party's political identity.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-04-01:
If any work confirms the proposition that elections have consequences, this is the one. Analyzing the activities of the Republican National Committee in the 1940s, Bowen (Westminster College) skillfully charts the death of the old Republican Party and the birth of the conservative movement. Frustration with me-tooism during the Dewey campaigns of 1944 and 1948, along with the Eisenhower administration's "dime-store new deal," brought forth Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. This stellar account of the struggles between Thomas E. Dewey and "Mr. Republican" Robert Taft skillfully explains how the contours of the Republican ideological wars were shaped. Bowen is very adept at showing that the South, even before the civil rights era, played an important role in reshaping the GOP. Stellar descriptions of important personalities, such as RNC chair B. Carroll Reece, enliven the account. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. D. R. Turner Davis and Elkins College
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"If any work confirms the proposition that elections have consequences, this is the one. . . . [A] stellar account. . . . Essential. All levels/libraries. " - Choice
"This book makes a necessary correction to our understanding of the history of conservatism and the Republican party, and it will be useful for scholars, graduates, and upper-level undergraduates." - Journal of American History
"This is a masterful treatment of a time when the Republican Party was truly a minority party, and an adroit explanation of how it began to lift itself out of the doldrums." - North Carolina Historical Review
"[A] judicious and timely account." - The Historian
"Bowen offers a convincing account of the demise of Dewey's moderate Republicanism and Taft's Old Guard." - Kansas History
"Explore[s] in insightful ways American political developments during the 1940s and 1950s. . . . [It] merit[s] wide attention." - International Social Science Review
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Between 1944 and 1953, a power struggle emerged between New York governor Thomas Dewey and U.S. senator Robert Taft of Ohio that threatened to split the Republican Party. In The Roots of Modern Conservatism , Michael Bowen reveals how this two-man battle for control of the GOP--and the Republican presidential nomination--escalated into a divide of ideology that ultimately determined the party's political identity. Initially, Bowen argues, the separate Dewey and Taft factions endorsed fairly traditional Republican policies. However, as their conflict deepened, the normally mundane issues of political factions, such as patronage and fund-raising, were overshadowed by the question of what "true" Republicanism meant. Taft emerged as the more conservative of the two leaders, while Dewey viewed Taft's policies as outdated. Eventually, conservatives within the GOP organized against Dewey's leadership and, emboldened by the election of Dwight Eisenhower, transformed the party into a vehicle for the Right. Bowen reveals how this decade-long battle led to an outpouring of conservative sentiment that had been building since World War II, setting the stage for the ascendancy of Barry Goldwater and the modern conservative movement in the 1960s.
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Between 1944 and 1953, a power struggle emerged between New York governor Thomas Dewey and US senator Robert Taft of Ohio that threatened to split the Republican Party. Here, Bowen reveals how this two-man battle for control of the GOP escalated into a divide of ideology that ultimately determined the party's political identity.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Thirst for Power and Self-Perpetuation, 1944-1946p. 15
Communism vs. Republicanism, 1946-1948p. 35
Opportunity Wasted, 1948p. 56
A Nation of Morons, 1949-1950p. 75
The Great Republican Mystery, 1951-1952p. 109
If We Sleep on This, We Are Really Suckers, 1952p. 130
Prelude to a Purge, 1952-1953p. 153
Moderating Republicanism, 1953-1964p. 173
Conclusionp. 201
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 247
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