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The Rise of Contemporary Conservatism in the United States

1st Edition

By Kenneth J. Heineman


198 pages

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The Rise of Contemporary Conservatism in the United States offers students an accessible introduction to the history of modern American conservatism. The author provides a concise but substantial discussion of modern conservatism from its origins in opposition to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal up until the 2016 election of Donald J. Trump.

The text examines electoral coalitions and politics as connected to economic and foreign policy as well as ideology. Conservative ideas and values are addressed directly, both on their own terms and in the context of contemporary political applications. A robust collection of primary documents offers students and instructors the opportunity to examine directly the views of both conservatives and their critics. Supported by range of study tools including a glossary of key figures and terms, a detailed chronology, and ample suggestions for further reading, The Rise of Contemporary Conservatism in the United States is the ideal introduction for students interested in the forging and fracturing of modern conservative coalitions and ideologies.

Table of Contents

Part One -Analysis and Assessment

Chapter 1 – The New Deal and Conservative Reaction, 1933–1945

Chapter 2 – Conservatism Adrift, 1946–1960

Chapter 3 – Crisis and Opportunity, 1961–1972

Chapter 4 – Conservative Advance, 1973–1980

Chapter 5 – The Reagan Revolution and its Discontents, 1982–1992

Chapter 6 – The Politics of Division: 1993–2016

Part Two Primary Documents

About the Author

Kenneth J. Heineman is Professor of History at Angelo State University in Texas, and the author of Civil War Dynasty: The Ewing Family of Ohio (2012).

About the Series

Seminar Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
HISTORY / Social History