HIS315L Paper - Rise of Conservatism

HIS315L Paper- - Tyler Bergin HIS315L Professor Miller The Rise of Conservatism Modern conservatism in the United States was founded on the beliefs

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Tyler Bergin HIS315L Professor Miller 11-28-07 The Rise of Conservatism Modern conservatism in the United States was founded on the beliefs of limited government in domestic, economic, and social affairs and aggressive government in foreign affairs. The New Deal was introduced and conflict quickly arose between conservatives and this new, extremely liberal plan. Over the course of the next 50 years, conservatives began to strive towards their goal of eliminating the social programs and the progressive tax reforms established by this plan. Conservatism slowly became the dominant political ideology in the United States as a result of the conservative movement, but was met with strong opposition from liberal activists. This rise of conservatism would be shaped around the fight against the programs implemented by The New Deal, the many social movements which arose during this time period, and the development of a unified front against liberalism as a result of the actions of some radical conservatives. Many realized that the conservative movement would never succeed fully until The New Deal coalition was defeated, but conservatives at this time were not really architects of popular movements. In 1960 however, Barry Goldwater, an Arizona Senator and conservative Republican, published The Conscience of a Conservative and for conservatives around the United States this would eventually lead to a very exciting chain of events. As seen in this excerpt, “How can he be free if the fruits of his labor are not his to dispose of, but are treated, instead, as part of a common pool of public wealth?” Goldwater fiercely attacked the social programs of The New Deal. He also proposed a more militant approach towards the Soviet Union and was a major advocate of state’s rights and limited government, which were common
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conservative beliefs. When the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 was passed, a major victory for liberal activists, Goldwater believed that the government had stepped in too far. As displayed in this act, “An act…to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the Attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course HIST 315l taught by Professor Allison during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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HIS315L Paper- - Tyler Bergin HIS315L Professor Miller The Rise of Conservatism Modern conservatism in the United States was founded on the beliefs

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