Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right (Google eBook)

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University Press of Kentucky, Jul 2, 2010 - History - 320 pages
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During the 1960s and 1970s, Texas was rocked by a series of political transitions. Despite its century-long heritage of solidly Democratic politics, the state became a Republican stronghold virtually overnight, and by 1980 it was known as ÒReagan Country.Ó Ultimately, Republicans dominated the Texas political landscape, holding all twenty-seven of its elected offices and carrying former governor George W. Bush to his second term as president with more than 61 percent of the Texas vote. Sean P. Cunningham examines the remarkable history of Republican Texas in Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right. Utilizing extensive research drawn from the archives of four presidential libraries, gubernatorial papers, local campaign offices, and oral histories, Cunningham presents a compelling narrative of the most notable regional genesis of modern conservatism. Spanning the decades from KennedyÕs assassination to ReaganÕs presidency, Cunningham reveals a vivid portrait of modern conservatism in one of the nationÕs largest and most politically powerful states. The newest title in the New Directions in Southern History series, CunninghamÕs Cowboy Conservatism demonstrates TexasÕs distinctive and vital contributions to the transformation of postwar American politics.
  

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Contents

Political Culture and tradition
12
the Politics of extremism
40
Antiliberalism and the Limits of Law
68
establishments in Crisis
127
Populist Conservatism and the 1976 Campaigns
155
republican Momentum and the Albatross
182
reagan and texas in 1980
209
Conclusion
237
Notes
243
Bibliography
273
index
283
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Sean P. Cunningham, assistant professor of history at Texas Tech University, has published articles and book reviews in Southwestern Historical Quarterly and the East Texas Historical Journal, among others. He lives in Lubbock, Texas.

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