Gifford, Laura Jane.

The center cannot hold : the 1960 presidential election and the rise of modern conservatism / Laura Jane Gifford. - DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, c2009. - x, 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-236) and index.

Introduction: Cracks in the consensus -- A rocky course for liberalism : Nelson Rockefeller and the failure of the modern Republicans -- Elephant on a tight rope : Republicans and the African American vote -- "Nixonfeller" and the remnant : Nation review and the election of 2960 -- Buttoned-down rebels : GOP youth and the revolt against liberalism -- "Dixie is no longer in the bag" : South Carolina Republicans in 1960 -- "Nixon the freedom fighter" : American nationalities for Nixon-Lodge and the politics of ethnicity -- Conclusion: Rightward into the future.

"The Center Cannot Hold provides an analysis of interactions between three key party leaders - liberal Nelson Rockefeller, conservative Barry Goldwater, and moderate Richard Nixon - and six key constituencies: liberals, African Americans, conservative intellectuals, youth, Southerners, and ethnic Americans."-inside jacket.

9780875804040 (acid-free paper) 0875804047 (acid-free paper)


Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )--History--20th century.

Conservatism--History--United States--20th century.
Presidents--Election--United States--1960.

United States--Politics and government--1953-1961.

JK2356 / .G53 2009