HIST 2301 11.26.07 and 11.28.07

HIST 2301 11.26.07 and 11.28.07 - 11/26/2007 Lecture 20The...

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11/26/2007 Lecture 20—The New American Right I. Backlash against Liberalism A. Economic/Political/Cultural Aspects II. Roots of the New Right III. Orange County A. Post-WWII Transformation B. Spread of Evangelical Christianity C. Robert Schuller/Crystal Cathedral -During the mid to late 1960s there was a shift from the popular liberal policies of the majority of the 20 th century to a more conservative philosophy. -Economic conservatism involved lowering taxes and lowering regulations on business. -Politically, there was a thought that the federal government had been too involved in civil rights (especially in the South) and in foreign policy. All of the major wars of the 20 th century were started by liberal Democrats. -Culturally, the Republicans were successful in tapping into the emerging evangelical Christians. -The Republican Party was successful in unifying these different threads (economic, political, cultural) and getting them to vote together. -The 1964 presidential election seemed to be a devastating blow to the Republican Right. LBJ campaigned on JFK’s coattails as a preserver of his legacy. LBJ handily defeated Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater.
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-Goldwater was very principled and firm in his beliefs. He was born in 1909, before Arizona was a state. He was the grandson of immigrants. He was the prototypical western American and he subscribed to a cowboy mythology. Although he lost the election, he set a number of precedents. He launched a major assault on liberalism and argued that the federal government had gone too far and had placed too many restraints on business. He said the government had not gone far enough in fighting the Cold War. -LBJ was successful in portraying Goldwater as a radical. Goldwater advocated the use of nuclear weapons and an LBJ commercial portrayed the end of the world due to the nuclear activity that Goldwater promoted. LBJ won the election by a vast majority. Goldwater only won Arizona and 5 states of the previously “solid South.” This was significant because the South, even before the Civil War, had voted Democrat. Southerners agreed that the federal government had been too active.
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HIST 2301 11.26.07 and 11.28.07 - 11/26/2007 Lecture 20The...

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