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By Laura Jane Gifford, Daniel K. Williams

ISBN-10: 1137014792

ISBN-13: 9781137014795

ISBN-10: 1349436917

ISBN-13: 9781349436910

The Sixties have been a transformative period for American politics, yet a lot remains to be unknown in regards to the progress of conservatism through the interval while it used to be noticeably reshaped and have become the nationwide political strength that it's this present day. of their efforts to chronicle the nationwide politicians and firms that led the move, earlier histories have frequently missed neighborhood views, the position of faith, transnational alternate, and different points that aid to provide an explanation for conservatism's enduring effect in American politics. Taken jointly, the contributions accrued the following supply a state of the art synthesis that includes those missed advancements and offers new insights into the way in which that the Sixties formed the trajectory of postwar conservatism.

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Rolph camp. 20 William K. ”21 It was not just outside interest that brought attention to party alignment in the South. Southerners also appeared on the show to discuss the region’s political options regarding federal support of civil rights activity. Weeks after the violence that erupted at the University of Mississippi upon James Meredith’s admission in 1962, George Wallace, Alabama’s segregationist governor and one of the most recognizable faces of resistance, appeared on Forum. ” Seven Southern states had pledged their electoral votes to Kennedy in 1960, and his recent approach to racial unrest left many Southern Democrats feeling abandoned.

As a result, Greek-letter advocates became increasingly vocal in their critiques of federal government and Supreme Court “anticonstitutionality,” while complaining that the political establishment was operating to deny their individual rights of private property. The alliance between the national conservative movement and historically white Greek-letter organizations has not received much attention from historians of modern American conservatism, but white sororities and fraternities played a critical role in the formation of a conservative, “color-blind” ideology that combined anti-Communism, patriotism, and defense of property rights in an attempt to maintain the racial status quo.

Forrester, during a 1958 appearance on Forum, argued that there was a fundamental misunderstanding about who was responsible for civil rights activity: “[M]ake no mistake about it . . if you think it’s a colored man . . you are entirely wrong . . [It is] the result of pressure brought upon the President of the United States by minority groups in the country who expect everything and give nothing. And if you want to know who they are, I want to tell you. ”11 The “white people” Representative Forrester identified were often described on Forum as left-wing Communist sympathizers who cooperated with the NAACP to create racial disturbances throughout the South.

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