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.
From the New Deal to the New Right:
Race and the Southern Origins of Modern Cons
by Joseph E. Lowndes
Yale University Press
$35.00 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