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Mothers of Conservatism : Women and the Postwar Right

By: Nickerson, Michelle M.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2012Description: 1 online resource (264 p.).ISBN: 9781400842209.Subject(s): Conservatism -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Feminism -- United States -- History | United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century | Women -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Mothers of Conservatism : Women and the Postwar RightDDC classification: 320.082 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Abbreviations; Chapter I. Patriotic Daughters and Isolationist Mothers: Conservative Women in the Early Twentieth Century; Chapter II. All Politics Was Local: Grassroots Conservatism in Postwar Los Angeles; Chapter III. Education or Indoctrination?: Conservative Female Activism in the Los Angeles Public Schools; Chapter IV. "Siberia, U.S.A.": Psychological Experts and the State; Chapter V. The "Conservative Sex": Women and the Building of a Movement; Conclusion
Appendix. Conservative Bookstores Operating in Southern California in the 1960sNotes; Index
Summary: Mothers of Conservatism tells the story of 1950s Southern Californian housewives who shaped the grassroots right in the two decades following World War II. Michelle Nickerson describes how red-hunting homemakers mobilized activist networks, institutions, and political consciousness in local education battles, and she introduces a generation of women who developed political styles and practices around their domestic routines. From the conservative movement's origins in the early fifties through the presidential election of 1964, Nickerson documents how women shaped conservatism from the bottom up, out of the fabric of their daily lives and into the agenda of the Republican Party. A unique history of the American conservative movement, Mothers of Conservatism shows how housewives got out of the house and discovered their political capital.
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Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Abbreviations; Chapter I. Patriotic Daughters and Isolationist Mothers: Conservative Women in the Early Twentieth Century; Chapter II. All Politics Was Local: Grassroots Conservatism in Postwar Los Angeles; Chapter III. Education or Indoctrination?: Conservative Female Activism in the Los Angeles Public Schools; Chapter IV. "Siberia, U.S.A.": Psychological Experts and the State; Chapter V. The "Conservative Sex": Women and the Building of a Movement; Conclusion

Appendix. Conservative Bookstores Operating in Southern California in the 1960sNotes; Index

Mothers of Conservatism tells the story of 1950s Southern Californian housewives who shaped the grassroots right in the two decades following World War II. Michelle Nickerson describes how red-hunting homemakers mobilized activist networks, institutions, and political consciousness in local education battles, and she introduces a generation of women who developed political styles and practices around their domestic routines. From the conservative movement's origins in the early fifties through the presidential election of 1964, Nickerson documents how women shaped conservatism from the bottom up, out of the fabric of their daily lives and into the agenda of the Republican Party. A unique history of the American conservative movement, Mothers of Conservatism shows how housewives got out of the house and discovered their political capital.

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Women are an important part of the conservative movement in the US. Nickerson (Loyola Univ., Chicago) seeks to explain why women would identify with what she believes are reactionary forces working against progressives struggling for social justice for all oppressed people, of whom the most numerous are women. Her case study focuses on women in Los Angeles County in the 1950s who mobilized to ensure that progressive policies were not implemented in public schools. In the city of Pasadena, they successfully ousted a progressive school superintendent. The author describes how the conservative women wrote newsletters, organized study groups, and ran conservative bookstores to spread their ideology to other women. Her book reads like a dissertation and employs the terminology of critical feminist theory, which is likely to make it attractive only to those in that field. General readers and undergraduates may prefer Lisa McGirr's Suburban Warriors (2001), which covers the rise of conservatism, including the role of women, in the same time period in neighboring Orange County. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty. P. Manian San Jose City College

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Michelle M. Nickerson is associate professor of history at Loyola University, Chicago. She is coeditor of Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place, and Region .

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