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The center cannot hold : the 1960 presidential election and the rise of modern conservatism / Laura Jane Gifford.

By: Gifford, Laura Jane.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, c2009Description: x, 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780875804040 (acid-free paper); 0875804047 (acid-free paper).Subject(s): Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) -- History -- 20th century | Conservatism -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1960 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961Additional physical formats: Online version:: Center cannot hold.DDC classification: 324.973/0921 LOC classification: JK2356 | .G53 2009
Contents:
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.
Summary: "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.
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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.

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Gifford (adjunct, George Fox Univ., Western Oregon Univ., and Warner Pacific College) focuses on the Republican Party and the 1960 presidential election and the rise of conservatism in the US. Her very well-researched account portrays the 1960 candidacies of Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater, and Nelson Rockefeller. Gifford also examines the National Review and its editor, William F. Buckley; South Carolina as an example of the beginnings of conservative change in a Sunbelt state; the Republican Party and African American and ethnic voters; and the rise of the conservative Young Americans for Freedom. Gifford demonstrates that Nixon tried to represent the center for Republicans in 1960 by balancing positions between moderates and conservatives. However, most conservatives were never in Nixon's corner, even though Goldwater supported his candidacy. Rather, the Right began building a very strong party organization that led to the 1964 Goldwater nomination. Despite a terrible defeat in 1964, the seeds had been sown for the future. The author is persuasive in presenting her argument. The conservative efforts within the party gained it needed influence, resulting in the 1980 victory of Ronald Reagan. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. A. Yarnell Montana State University

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<p>Laura Jane Gifford is an adjunct professor of history at George Fox University, Western Oregon University, and Warner Pacific College.</p>

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