Rightward Bound Making America Conservative in the 1970s

ISBN-10: 0674027582

ISBN-13: 9780674027589

Edition: 2008

Authors: Bruce J. Schulman, Julian E. Zelizer

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Often considered a lost decade, a pause between the liberal Sixties and Reaganrsquo;s Eighties, the 1970s were indeed a watershed era when the forces of a conservative counter-revolution cohered. These years marked a significant moral and cultural turning point in which the conservative movement became the motive force driving politics for the ensuing three decades. Interpreting the movement as more than a backlash against the rampant liberalization of American culture, racial conflict, the Vietnam War, and Watergate, these provocative and innovative essays look below the surface, discovering the tectonic shifts that paved the way for Reaganrsquo;s America. They reveal strains at the heart of the liberal coalition, resulting from struggles over jobs, taxes, and neighborhood reconstruction, while also investigating how the deindustrialization of northern cities, the rise of the suburbs, and the migration of people and capital to the Sunbelt helped conservatism gain momentum in the twentieth century. They demonstrate how the forces of the right coalesced in the 1970s and became, through the efforts of grassroots activists and political elites, a movement to reshape American values and policies. A penetrating and provocative portrait of a critical decade in American history, Rightward Bound illuminates the seeds of both the successes and the failures of the conservative revolution. It helps us understand how, despite conservatismrsquo;s rise, persistent tensions remain today between its political power and the achievements of twentieth-century liberalism.
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List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Bruce Schulman is Professor of History at Boston University.

Julian E. Zelizer is professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. His most recent books include "Jimmy Carter", "Arsenal of Democracy", and "The Presidency of George W. Bush" (Princeton). He writes a weekly column for CNN.com and Politico and has written for the "New York Times", the "Washington Post", and many other publications.

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Financing the Counterrevolution
The Battle Over Policies and Politics
The White Ethnic Strategy
The Conservative Struggle and the Energy Crisis
Turnabout Years: Public Sector Unionism and the Fiscal Crisis
Detente and Its Discontents
Carter's Nicaragua and Other Democratic Quagmires
Conservatives, Carter, and the Politics of National Security
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