The following list of books discuss the history of liberalism and conservatism in the 1960s. Liberalism was a force in the decade’s policies, including President Kennedy’s New Frontier, but predominately because of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society social program, aimed at fighting a war against poverty in the United States.
The unpopular war in Vietnam and the floundering and financially consuming Great Society help turn liberalism down a downward spiral as well as the Democratic Party’s influence in the country.
Conservatism began its momentum with the nomination of Barry Goldwater as the Republican Presidential candidate in 1964. Although he lost the election the momentum and force conservatism had in the Republican Party continued to grow, with new stars emerging as a result including former actor, California Governor and then President, Ronald Reagan. Since this was a major political force beginnning to build up in the 1960s a list of books relating to this topic are included.
Cannato, Vincent J. The ungovernable city : John Lindsay and his struggle to save New York. New York : Basic Books, c2001.
Chafe, William H., ed. The achievement of American liberalism : the New Deal and its legacies. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. 346 p.
Chafe, William Henry. Never stop running : Allard Lowenstein and the struggle to save American liberalism. New York, NY : BasicBooks, 1993. 556 p
Davies, Gareth. From opportunity to entitlement : the transformation and decline of Great Society liberalism. Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c1996. 320 p.
Goodwin, Richard. Remembering America: A Voice from the Sixties. 1st ed. Boston : Little, Brown, c1988. 552 p.
Hamby, Alonzo L. Liberalism and its Challengers: F.D.R. to Reagan. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.
Matusow, Allen J. The unravelling of America: A History of Librarlism in the 1960s. 1st ed. New York : Harper & Row, c1984. 542 p.
Steigerwald, David. The Sixties and the End of Modern America. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c1995. 328 p.
Unger, Irwin. The best of intentions : the triumphs and failures of the Great Society under Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, 1996.
Allitt, Patrick. Catholic intellectuals and conservative politics in America, 1950-1985. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1993. 315 p.
Andrew, John A. The other side of the sixties : young Americans for freedom and the rise of conservative politics. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1997. 286 p.
Brennan, Mary C. Turning right in the sixties : the conservative capture of the GOP. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1995. 210 p.
Cannon, Lou. Governor Reagan : his rise to power. 1st ed. New York : Public Affairs, c2003. 579 p.
Carter, Dan T. The politics of rage : George Wallace, the origins of the new conservatism, and the transformation of American politics. 2nd Lousiana pbk. ed. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 2000. 580 p.
Carter, Dan T. From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich : race in the conservative counterrevolution, 1963-1994. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1996. 134 p.
Formisano, Ronald P. Boston against busing : race, class, and ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1991. 323 p.
Goldberg, Robert Alan. Barry Goldwater. New Haven : Yale University Press, c1995. 463 p.
Judis, John B. William F. Buckley, Jr., patron saint of the conservatives. New York : Simon and Schuster, c1988. 528 p
Klatch, Rebecca E. Women of the new right. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1987. 247 p.
Klatch, Rebecca E. A generation divided : the new left, the new right, and the 1960s. Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c1999. 386 p.
McGirr, Lisa. Suburban warriors : the origins of the new American Right. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2001. 395 p.
Nash, George H. The conservative intellectual movement in America, since 1945. [updated ed.] Wilmington, DE : Intercollegiate Studies Institute, c1996. 467 p.
Perlstein, Rick. Before the storm : Barry Goldwater and the unmaking of the American consensus. 1st ed. New York : Hill and Wang, 2001. 671 p.
Schneider, Gregory L. Cadres for conservatism : young Americans for freedom and the rise of the contemporary right. New York : New York University Press, c1999. 263 p.
The Sixties: A Journey Through Politics and Culture.
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