Right Makes Might
How did Conservatives overtake the American political scene? By stoking a rhetoric of resentful individualism—and playing the race card with a new finesse.
White Protestant Nation:
The Rise of the American Conservative Movement
by Allan J. Lichtman
Atlantic Monthly Press
$27.50 List Price
When I was in graduate school studying American history, there was a quick and easy interpretation of postwar politics. It went something like this: A "liberal consensus" dominated the American political scene from around 1945 to 1968. During those years, anticommunist liberalism—which included battling the Soviet Union abroad while securing civil rights for African Americans and a welfare state at home—exerted a