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Conservatism in America since 1930 : a reader
Schneider, Gregory L., 1965-
Publication Information:
New York : New York University Press, [2003]

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xii, 452 pages ; 24 cm

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While there have long been libertarians, agrarians, individualists, collectivists, nationalists, and others who fit the contemporary label of "conservative," no cohesive conservative movement existed prior to World War II. How, then, did conservatism develop into such a powerful American political force?

Tracing the history of conservatism from the concerns and ideas of the Old Right, through the Cold War, the "Gingrich revolution," and into the present, Conservatism in America Since 1930 gathers a wide range of conservative writings and documents showcasing the development and protean character of the modern conservative intellectual and political movement.

The book includes essays from Russell Kirk, Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, William F. Buckley, Jr., Ronald Reagan, and Pat Buchanan, among others, and highlights key debates between the movement's factions. Along with essays by these canonical conservative figures, the volume also contains excerpts from sources less frequently cited, such as the Twelve Southerners and Seward Collins, as well as documents from conservative organizations and journals. The primary documents are supplemented by introductions which set the historical context and offer illuminating commentary on how conservatism shifted identity over the course of modern American history.

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Library Journal Review

Liberals and conservatives alike should have no trouble endorsing this anthology from 70 years of the conservative movement in the United States. Schneider (Emporia State Univ.; Cadres for Conservatism: Young Americans for Freedom and the Rise of the Contemporary Right) has done an outstanding job of selecting 40 works of scholarship, journalism, and political advocacy to illustrate how the "old Right," born in opposition to the New Deal, anticipated currents, which evolved and finally emerged into political dominance with the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan. Along the way, the conservative choir has hardly sung in one voice, and the strength of this book is its careful portrayal of the varieties of American conservatism: classical liberalism, traditionalism, libertarianism, neoconservatism, and other strands. Schneider contributes his own helpful, but not burdensome, introductions and notes to frame writings by authors who include both the well known (e.g., Russell Kirk, F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, William F. Buckley Jr., and Irving Kristol) and the unfamiliar. Essential for most libraries.-Robert F. Nardini, Chichester, NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.