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The Center Cannot Hold
The 1960 Presidential Election and the Rise of Modern Conservatism
Laura Jane Gifford
“An important, engaging study.”—Timothy Thurber, Virginia Commonwealth University
“Full of precious research gems, The Center Cannot Hold casts new light on presidential politics in 1960 and the rightward shift that was already occurring in the Republican Party at the time, setting the stage for Barry Goldwater in 1964 and Ronald Reagan in 1980.”—Donald T. Critchlow, author of The Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Right Made Political History
“By examining the 1960 election from various perspectives, Laura Jane Gifford has contributed significantly to conservative historiography. Her easy style makes the book accessible to the general as well as the academic audience.”—Mary C. Brennan, Texas State University–San Marcos
Most historians agree that, by the end of the 1960s, the conservative branch of the Republican Party had largely taken control of party direction. The “Reagan Revolution” of 1980 secured the GOP for conservatives, and while the events of the 2008 election may prompt considerable soulsearching, the party of Lincoln has maintained an undeniably conservative ideological orientation for almost 30 years. Too often, scholars have regarded the process of conservative transformation as a foregone conclusion. Historian Laura Gifford offers an innovative examination of the 1960 presidential election that restores an essential sense of contingency to the process.
(2009) 252 pp., 14 illus.
Laura Jane Gifford is an adjunct professor of history at George Fox University, Western Oregon University, and Warner Pacific College.
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