This book outlines the growth of the political Right in Southern California from the late s into the s. Lisa McGirr traces the Right’s. Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right Lisa McGirr. Princeton University Press, $ (cloth). Before the Storm: Barry. Lisa McGirr: Suburban Warriors not to be an ordinary suburban coffee klatch. Next to the coffee in suburbs such as Garden Grove, Orange County (the place.

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There were a number of independent mega-churches with evangelical ministers like Bob Schuler and Charles Fuller.

McGirr finds that postwar liberal intellectuals failed to take into account “the deep-seated conservative ideological trafditons on which the Right drew” and accordingly “underestimated the resilience and staying power of the Right in American life.

Some of the best social scientists Daniel Bell, Seymour Martin Lipset and journalists Richard Rovere of the day saw the Orange County legions as losers, driven into reaction by a sense that the world was passing them by.

In an warrios case of unintended consequences, the activists and counter-culture of the left in the late s and early s, not only motivated the right to action but enabled them to find sufficient support to secure sufficient political clout to mcgir local, state and national politics in succeeding years. A frontier-era mythos of rugged individualism, nurtured on hatred of eastern elites who funded western growth before Uncle Sam conveniently hid this dependency.

McGirr finds that conservative Christianity found a home in Southern California and helped infuse a conservative political culture. Perlstein notes that Young Americans for Freedom had 5, members in the summer ofcompared to some 1, in Students for a Democratic Society.

Incisive yet fair, this represents an important landmark in advancing a nuanced understanding of how antimodernist ideologies continue to thrive. No amount is too small. They flocked to meetings on minor matters so that, after years of work, they might—to take one example—eventually choose a school superintendent who in declared the United Nations a topic unfit for classroom discussion. Reprint, Princeton Warriots Press, Eventually local activists “intersected with a national conservative movement” p.


It is hard to believe though that Orange County was a “real center and symbol of American conservatism.

If you originally registered with a subkrban please use that to sign in. Contrary to popular opinion, according to McGirr, conservatives were waarriors irrational “kooks” but instead were mainstream middle-class “men and women who rejected the liberal vision and instead championed individual economic freedom and a staunch social conservatism.

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Between them, McGirr and Perlstein, writing three decades deep into history, offer much background on the remarkable fact of contemporary politics: Books of the Week. Trickle-Down Authoritarianism Benjamin H. Conversations with a Brazilian Drug Dealer. This is where I feel that she falls into a conundrum. When Strom Thurmond broke the filibuster record during the civil rights debate, Goldwater, who had begun his political career hiring a black woman and, as a city councilman, helped end legal segregation in Phoenix schools, spelled him for bathroom breaks.

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The Origins of the New American Right. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The military and military-industrial complex, including high technology industries like electronics, instrumentation, missiles and aircraft, attracted workers to the county from across the United States. Orange County was a prime beneficiary of Cold War largesse, and the enemy in Washington was their prime economic supplier.

As educated white men and their families began to move into the county from various parts of the country, they had a unique opportunity to create their own culture and rules that would govern their new lives. Aided by scurrilous politicians, focused foundations, and the useful idiocy of the pundit class, they ran rings around the opposition in Washington. They found this in the Senator from Arizona — Barry Goldwater. Perlstein does describe the short-lived attempt to team up Goldwater and the racist Arkansas governor Orval Faubus in a conservative ticket for the election, but neither one took the bait—to the great benefit of the right, as it turned out, as their eventual takeover of the Republicans proved immensely more successful than a third party bolt.


Population growth in Orange County was phenomenal; it grew frominto sububran, in to almost 2 million in Rick Perlstein, a journalist, writes principally of the campaign to draft Goldwater, an unenthusiastic Westerner, as the Republican nominee, and pit him against Lyndon Johnson in the presidential election. Sign In Forgot password? The Digital is Political Clara Hendrickson. They were, above all, practical.

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They reveled in American dreams, felt entitled to American comforts, and it was precisely because of their entitlements that they feared enemies at their gates. While we have you Receive exclusive offers and updates from Warrjors Academic. Lisa McGirr provides ssuburban interesting analysis of the conservative movement, using Orange County, California, as a focal point.

McGirr also does not account for the uniqueness of religious revival in southern California and why it only seems to have occurred there. McGirr says, “Orange County exaggerated trends occurring elsewhere – trends that were harbingers of future national change.

About Store Membership Print Archive. The amorphous middle class includes educated doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs and engineers but it also includes others with lesser status, e. McGirr even suggests that McCarthy was revered by some of the new conservatives as being a hero of some sort. Conspiracy theories thrive partly because crackpots are ever eager to give history the gloss of rationality, but also because, perversely, the theories capture the correct intuition that small groups can produce huge consequences.