The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics

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LSU Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 580 pages
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Combining biography with regional and national history, Dan T. Carter chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of George Wallace, a populist who abandoned his ideals to become a national symbol of racism, and later begged for forgiveness. In The Politics of Rage, Carter argues persuasively that the four-time Alabama governor and four-time presidential candidate helped to establish the conservative political movement that put Ronald Reagan in the White House in 1980 and gave Newt Gingrich and the Republicans control of Congress in 1994. In this second edition, Carter updates Wallace's story with a look at the politician's death and the nation's reaction to it and gives a summary of his own sense of the legacy of "the most important loser in twentieth-century American politics".
  

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Review: The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics

User Review  - Shonda Wilson - Goodreads

This book is more than a biography of Wallace's very strange life and career as a politician, it gives a great deal of insight of the rise of Conservatism in the 1960s and 1970s on the national stage and also delves into the usage of the Southern Strategy Read full review

Review: The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics

User Review  - Cathy Huang - Goodreads

Stunning. Carter has produced a sweeping chronicle, full of historiographical commentary, of a much-maligned man whose legacy has distilled, through the latter half of the 20th century, into one of ... Read full review

Contents

THE MUSE OF HISTORY
17
STUDENT AND SOLDIER IVE DONE MY PART
45
THE MORAL COMPASS OF AMBITION
68
THE THREADS RAN THROUGH THE KENNEDYS FACE THE GOVERNOR
110
WE DARE DEFEND OUR RIGHTS THE STAND IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE DOOR
133
ALL OF US ARE VICTIMS
156
A TREMOR NOT AN EARTHQUAKE GEORGE WALLACE AND THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF 1964
195
ON WHAT MEAT DOTH THIS LITTLE CAESAR FEED?
226
RICHARD NIXON GEORGE WALLACE AND THE SOUTHERNIZATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS
324
THE WARS OF RICHARD NIXON THE SURVIVAL OF GEORGE WALLACE 19691970
371
SEND THEM A MESSAGE VARIATIONS ON A THEME
415
Attention Must Be Paid The Legacy of George Wallace
451
NOTES
475
BIBLIOGRAPHY
531
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
557
INDEX
561

STAND UP FOR ALABAMA THE QUEEN AND HER CONSORT IN A CAPTIVE STATE
264
STAND UP FOR AMERICA THE POLITICS OF ALIENATION
294

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Dan T. Carter is Educational Foundation University Professor at the University of South Carolina and former president of the Southern Historical Association. He is also the author of From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich: Race in the Conservative Counterrevolution, 1963-1994; When the War Was Over: The Failure of Self Reconstruction in the South; and Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South.

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