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Triumph of the right : the rise of the California conservative movement, 1945-1966
Schuparra, Kurt, 1956-
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Publication Information:
Armonk, NY : M.E. Sharpe, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 221 pages ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1750 Lexile.
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F866.2 .S39 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this, the first book to deal exclusively with conservative politics in California, author Kurt Schuparra pinpoints the myriad factors that led to the formation and rise of the conservative movement in California after World War II, culminating in the election of Ronald Reagan as governor in 1966. While Schuparra is concerned with prominent figures such as Ronald Reagan, California senator William Knowland, Richard Nixon, and Arizona senator Barry Goldwater, his larger interest is in the principal players in the movement behind these individuals, the causes they espoused, and the movement's role in pivotal electoral contests. Schuparra also provides an assessment of how the struggle between liberals and conservatives - and those caught in the middle - in the Golden State both reflected and influenced the national debate over major governmental policies and social issues, particularly on racial matters.

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Schuparra's well-researched study examines the role of 1940s to 1960s California politics in the growth of the conservative movement nationally. After describing the origins of the California conservative movement at the grass roots, he focuses on four state campaigns: the 1958, 1962, and 1966 governor's races and the Goldwater-Rockefeller contest in the 1964 presidential primary. Although three of these contests resulted in losses for the Right, they nonetheless contributed to the emergence of a stronger, and ultimately electorally viable conservatism in America. The author makes excellent use of original archival sources and incorporates much of the literature on the Right. One may nonetheless quibble with Schuparra's argument that other works on the Right are mostly by nonconservatives who treat the Right dismissively. While much of the earlier scholarship about the Right was unsympathetic to the movement intellectually, many celebratory works by conservative scholars themselves as well as more balanced works have proliferated since the 1980s. Much of the important recent scholarship on the Right is not covered here. Schuparra nonetheless succeeds in presenting a balanced analysis where many others have failed. This engagingly written book is highly recommended for undergraduates and above, and should appeal to an educated lay audience as well as to academic specialists. M. J. Rozell; University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

1 "It's Not the Party--but the Man"
2 "Freedom versus Tyranny"
3 "A Little Piece of America"
4 "The 'Old Nixon' Is the Real Nixon"
5 "How the West Was Won"
6 "A Great White Light"
7 Triumph of the Right