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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No Collision Bonnie Honig. McGirr begins her study with an in-depth overview of the history of Orange County. It was not until Barry Goldwater won the primary in California that he was really considered a viable candidate.

Join us to support engaged discussion on critical warriorrs. McGirr finds that conservative Christianity found a home in Southern California and helped infuse a conservative political culture. Against this complex, contradictory background, McGirr charts warrios evolution of a movement culture through various stages, issues and forms of organizing.

Suburban warriors: the origins of the new American Right

This conservative philosophical movement is not a phenomenon particular to Southern California, the author argues, nor are the phases of development only They were the infrastructure, if not the money, for the anti-Clinton mobilization that began by the time he moved into the White House in and never let up for eight years.

McGirr views the Goldwater predidential campaign of warriors a watershed in the conservative political movement. About Store Membership Print Podcast. We learn what motivated them and how they interpreted their political activity. The book is a local study that warriors to explain the rise of a national movement. In Nightmare in RedRichard Fried makes claims that by the s anticommunism was a dead issue in politics.

You will be helping us cultivate a public sphere that honors pluralism of thought for a diverse and discerning public. It is hard to believe though that Orange County warrios a “real center and symbol of American conservatism.


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 lisz huge consequences. We are committed to staying free for all our readers. They used bridge clubs, coffee klatches, and barbecues.

You could not be signed in. They felt Nixon had compromised his conservative principles and taken a moderate stance to obtain national support. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Conservatives learned from the Goldwater defeat and found “new opportunities brought about by the social turbulence of the decade. It is hard to imagine that he has missed any interesting or delicious fact about Goldwater or his circle of devotees. 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.

However, Watts was mcgurr by and demonstrated another reason to support law and order. They believed the United States would prevail if the nation was not bogged down in social programs, had a strong military and little or no United Nations involvement. A frontier-era mythos of rugged individualism, nurtured on hatred of eastern elites who funded western growth before Uncle Sam conveniently hid this dependency.

Having tracked down and interviewed some twenty surviving right-wingers and rummaged through many archives, McGirr has uncovered something important about the activists of the right. skburban

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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. 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.


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Weekly Newsletter Poetry Matters: After years of ground-level work, the Republicans had placed legions of fact-makers on the ground—the Florida governor, the secretary of state, the legislature, all ready to roll suburbah their sleeves in any contingency.

Far from being uprooted, unnerved Midwestern reactionaries, they were the children of thriving new industrial parks. The media lampooned John Birchers’s accusations that Dwight Eisenhower was a communist puppet. Elizabeth Bird and Fraser Ottanelli. But equivalent activists remain at work in Cobb County, Ga. Their programs might have been vague, or self-contradictory, or factually challenged, but their passion was fierce.

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SUBURBAN WARRIORS: The Origins of the New American Right

I do not believe that McGirr was successful in arguing that Orange County was representative of the rest of the country. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. The military and military-industrial complex, including suvurban technology industries like electronics, instrumentation, missiles and aircraft, attracted workers sububran the county from across the United States.

Account Options Sign in. McGirr says, “The expansion of the scale and scope of the federal government, they believed, reduced civic autonomy and thwarted individual initiative and self-reliance, running counter to older Republican belief in the primacy of the locality and the state in determining the shape of public life.

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