Cadres for Conservatism: Young Americans for Freedom and the Rise of the Contemporary Right

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NYU Press, 1999 - History - 263 pages

In this history of the "other Sixties," Gregory L. Schneider traces the influence of Young Americans for Freedom, a conservative political group that locked horns with the New Left and spawned many of the major players in the contemporary conservative movement, from the Goldwater campaign in 1964 to Reagan's revolution in the 1980s.
Cadres for Conservatism reveals how young political conservatives, unlike their leftist counterparts, avoided fracture in the wake of the Sixties. Rather, YAF continued to serve as a seedbed for future conservative leaders, many of whom drew on the contacts and (counter-)activism of their youth to consolidate conservative power.
Schneider's talent for trenchant archival research is supplemented by a plethora of detailed interviews with virtually every past national chairman and executive director of the YAF, as well as important sponsors such as William F. Buckley, William Rusher, and M. Stanton Evans.

 

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Contents

Stirrings on the Right
7
Join Together and Fall Apart 19601962
31
Of Camelot and Communism 19611963
55
Going with Goldwater 19631964
72
S Why Not Victory? YAF and Vietnam 19651968
93
YAF and the New Left 19681970
110
Schism on the Right 19681970
127
We Are the New Politics 19711974
145
Revival and Collapse 19751986
160
Index
251
About the Author 263
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Gregory L. Schneider is Assistant Professor of History at Emporia State University and author of Cadres for Conservatism: Young Americans for Freedom and the Rise of the Contemporary Right from NYU Press.

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