Questioning Conservatism's Ascendancy: A Reexamination of the Rightward Shift in Modern American Politics

@article{Williams2012QuestioningCA,
  title={Questioning Conservatism's Ascendancy: A Reexamination of the Rightward Shift in Modern American Politics},
  author={Daniel K. Williams},
  journal={Reviews in American History},
  year={2012},
  volume={40},
  pages={325 - 331}
}
The latest histories of postwar American conservatism challenge the notion that there was anything inevitable—or even predictable—about the movement’s political triumph in the late twentieth century. Until now, most historians of modern conservatism have portrayed the movement as a product of long-term structural causes, including deeply ingrained racial and religious attitudes, demographic changes, and global economic trends. Such interpretations have deemphasized the importance of individual… 
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