Strom Thurmond's America

ISBN-10: 0809084341

ISBN-13: 9780809084340

Edition: N/A

Authors: Joseph Crespino

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One reviewer likened the subject of Strom Thurmond's America to "a malevolent Forrest Gump." As Joseph Crespino's inspired biography of the late politician demonstrates, a better description of Thurmond would be hard to find. Thurmond's life spanned nearly the entire twentieth century, while his career saw him play a central role in the turning points of postwar American politics. As the presidential nominee of the short-lived Dixiecrat Party and as a longtime South Carolina senator, Thurmond was a national power broker and, along with Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, a key figure in the rise of modern conservatism.     Though best remembered for his twenty-four-hour filibuster in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and for fathering an illegitimate black daughter whose existence he never publicly acknowledged, Thurmond's influence, as Crespino reveals, went far beyond matters of race. As early as the 1950s, Thurmond was forging alliances with Christian Right activists and eagerly taking up the causes of big business, military spending, and anticommunism. When he switched parties in 1964, he helped lay the foundation for our current political situation-though often viewed as a curiosity from a bygone era, Thurmond was in fact one of the first conservative Republicans we would recognize as such today. Strom Thurmond's America is about how he made his brand of politics central to American life.
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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034

Author's Note
Up from Edgefield
Edgefield, U.S.A. (1902-1932)
Becoming Governor Thurmond (1932-1947)
States' Rights Democrat
Lost In Translation (1948)
Pluck and Luck (1949-1954)
Massive Resistances (1955-1960)
Outside Agitators (1960-1963)
Muzzling and the American Right (1958-1963)
Sunbelt Republican
Party Hopping (1964)
Law and Order (1965-1968)
Annus Mirabilis (1968)
Perils of an Insider (1969-1972)
A New Right and the Old (1972-1980)
Myths, Memories, and Legacies
Ol' Strom in the Modern South (1978-1990)
All Strom's Children (1990-2003)
Epilogue: The Scarred Stone
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