The Conservative Tradition in America

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Political Science - 224 pages
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Conservatism, once at the periphery of American politics, now occupies a central and strategic position in the seat of political power. In the first edition of The Conservative Tradition in America, Charles W. Dunn and J. David Woodard presented a full-scale survey of American conservatism. This revised edition brings the account up-to-date and includes a new chapter and bibliography. The authors trace the philosophical and political roots of conservatism from its origins tot he present and explain the causes of its resurgence. This account identifies different strands of conservative thought while it analyses the current state and future prospects of conservatism. It is aimed at students and scholars seeking information about the historical roots of today's political movement.
 

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Contents

The Emergence of Contemporary American Conservatism
ix
The Problem of Defining Conservatism
19
The Ten Most Important Beliefs of Conservatism
43
The Classical Roots of Conservative Thought
63
The Historical Development of American Conservatism
79
The Competing Conservative Traditions in America
115
The Directions of Contemporary American Conservatism
143
Epilogue
163
A Selected Topical Bibliography
181
Index
215
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Charles W. Dunn is the former chair of both the United States J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Department of Political Science at Clemson University. He is currently dean of the School of Arts and Letters at Grove City College. Among his many previous books are The Future of the American Presidency and The Scarlet Thread of Scandal. J. David Woodard, the Thurmond Professor of Political Science at Clemson University and the co-author of The Burden of Busing, has received numerous teaching awards, including the Michelin Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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