The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party

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The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party

Format:  Hardcover,

254 pages

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

Publish Date: Sep 2011

ISBN-13: 9780807834855

ISBN-10: 0807834858

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Between 1944 and 1953, a power struggle emerged between New York governor Thomas Dewey and U.S. senator Robert Taft of Ohio that threatened to split the Republican Party. In "The Roots of Modern Conservatism," Michael Bowen reveals how this two-man battle for control of the GOP--and the Republican presidential nomination--escalated into a divide of ideology that ultimately determined the party's political identity.
Initially, Bowen argues, the separate Dewey and Taft factions endorsed fairly traditional Republican policies. However, as their conflict deepened, the normally mundane issues of political factions, such as patronage and fund-raising, were overshadowed by the question of what "true" Republicanism meant. Taft emerged as the more conservative of the two leaders, while Dewey viewed Taft's policies as outdated. Eventually, conservatives within the GOP organized against Dewey's leadership and, emboldened by the election of Dwight Eisenhower, transformed the party into a vehicle for the Right. Bowen reveals how this decade-long battle led to an outpouring of conservative sentiment that had been building since World War II, setting the stage for the ascendancy of Barry Goldwater and the modern conservative movement in the 1960s.

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Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr
Publish Date: Sep 2011
ISBN-13: 9780807834855
ISBN-10: 0807834858
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 254
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.25 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9780807834855

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Thirst for Power and Self-Perpetuation, 1944-1946p. 15
Communism vs. Republicanism, 1946-1948p. 35
Opportunity Wasted, 1948p. 56
A Nation of Morons, 1949-1950p. 75
The Great Republican Mystery, 1951-1952p. 109
If We Sleep on This, We Are Really Suckers, 1952p. 130
Prelude to a Purge, 1952-1953p. 153
Moderating Republicanism, 1953-1964p. 173
Conclusionp. 201
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 247

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Between 1944 and 1953, a power struggle emerged between New York governor Thomas Dewey and U.S. senator Robert Taft of Ohio that threatened to split the Republican Party. In The Roots of Modern Conservatism, Michael Bowen reveals how this two-man battle for control of the GOP--and the Republican presidential nomination--escalated into a divide of ideology that ultimately determined the party's political identity.

Initially, Bowen argues, the separate Dewey and Taft factions endorsed fairly traditional Republican policies. However, as their conflict deepened, the normally mundane issues of political factions, such as patronage and fund-raising, were overshadowed by the question of what "true" Republicanism meant. Taft emerged as the more conservative of the two leaders, while Dewey viewed Taft's policies as outdated. Eventually, conservatives within the GOP organized against Dewey's leadership and, emboldened by the election of Dwight Eisenhower, transformed the party into a vehicle for the Right. Bowen reveals how this decade-long battle led to an outpouring of conservative sentiment that had been building since World War II, setting the stage for the ascendancy of Barry Goldwater and the modern conservative movement in the 1960s.

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