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Suburban Warriors : The Origins of the New American Right - Updated Edition / Lisa McGirr.

Author/Creator:
McGirr, Lisa, author.
Publication:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Format/Description:
Book
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Edition:
Updated edition with a New preface by the author
Series:
Politics and Society in Modern America ; 115
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
In the early 1960s, American conservatives seemed to have fallen on hard times. McCarthyism was on the run, and movements on the political left were grabbing headlines. The media lampooned John Birchers's accusations that Dwight Eisenhower was a communist puppet. Mainstream America snickered at warnings by California Congressman James B. Utt that "barefooted Africans" were training in Georgia to help the United Nations take over the country. Yet, in Utt's home district of Orange County, thousands of middle-class suburbanites proceeded to organize a powerful conservative movement that would land Ronald Reagan in the White House and redefine the spectrum of acceptable politics into the next century. Suburban Warriors introduces us to these people: women hosting coffee klatches for Barry Goldwater in their tract houses; members of anticommunist reading groups organizing against sex education; pro-life Democrats gradually drawn into conservative circles; and new arrivals finding work in defense companies and a sense of community in Orange County's mushrooming evangelical churches. We learn what motivated them and how they interpreted their political activity. Lisa McGirr shows that their movement was not one of marginal people suffering from status anxiety, but rather one formed by successful entrepreneurial types with modern lifestyles and bright futures. She describes how these suburban pioneers created new political and social philosophies anchored in a fusion of Christian fundamentalism, xenophobic nationalism, and western libertarianism. While introducing these rank-and-file activists, McGirr chronicles Orange County's rise from "nut country" to political vanguard. Through this history, she traces the evolution of the New Right from a virulent anticommunist, anti-establishment fringe to a broad national movement nourished by evangelical Protestantism. Her original contribution to the social history of politics broadens-and often upsets-our understanding of the deep and tenacious roots of popular conservatism in America.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
ILLUSTRATIONS
Preface to the New Edition
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1. The Setting
CHAPTER 2. "A Sleeping Giant Is Awakening": Right-Wing Mobilization, 1960-1963
CHAPTER 3. The Grassroots Goldwater Campaign
CHAPTER 4. The Conservative Worldview at the Grass Roots
CHAPTER 5. The Birth of Populist Conservatism
CHAPTER 6. New Social Issues and Resurgent Evangelicalism
EPILOGUE
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Mai 2019)
Contributor:
McGirr, Lisa.
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781400866205
OCLC:
984686462
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781400866205 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.