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    This chapter was edited by Richard Anderson and William J. Schultz, with content contributions by Richard Anderson, Laila Ballout, Marsha Barrett, Seth Bartee, Eladio Bobadilla, Kyle Burke, Andrew Chadwick, Aaron Cowan, Jennifer Donnally, Leif Fredrickson, Kori Graves, Karissa A. Haugeberg, Jonathan Hunt, Stephen Koeth, Colin Reynolds, William J. Schultz, and Daniel Spillman.

    Recommended citation: Richard Anderson et al., “The Triumph of the Right,” Richard Anderson and William J. Schultz, eds., in The American Yawp, eds. Joseph Locke and Ben Wright (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2018).

    Recommended Reading

    1. Brier, Jennifer. Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Responses to the AIDS Crisis. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
    2. Carter, Dan T. The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1995.
    3. Chappell, Marisa. The War on Welfare: Family, Poverty, and Politics in Modern America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.
    4. Crespino, Joseph. In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007.
    5. Critchlow, Donald. The Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Right Made Political History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007.
    6. Dallek, Matthew. The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan’s First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics. New York: Free Press, 2000.
    7. Hinton, Elizabeth. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016.
    8. Hunter, James D. Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America. New York: Basic Books, 1992.
    9. Kalman, Laura. Right Star Rising: A New Politics, 1974–1980. New York: Norton, 2010.
    10. Kruse, Kevin M. White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005.
    11. Lassiter, Matthew D. The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006.
    12. MacLean, Nancy. Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008.
    13. Moreton, Bethany. To Serve God and Walmart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009.
    14. Nadasen, Premilla. Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States. New York: Routledge, 2005.
    15. Nickerson, Michelle M. Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012.
    16. Patterson, James T. Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
    17. Phillips-Fein, Kim. Invisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Crusade Against the New Deal. New York: Norton, 2010.
    18. Rodgers, Daniel T. Age of Fracture. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2011.
    19. Schoenwald, Jonathan. A Time for Choosing: The Rise of Modern American Conservatism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
    20. Self, Robert O. All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s. New York: Hill and Wang, 2012.
    21. Troy, Gil. Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005.
    22. Westad, Odd Arne. The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
    23. Wilentz, Sean. The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974–2008. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.
    24. Williams, Daniel K. God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
    25. Zaretsky, Natasha. No Direction Home: The American Family and the Fear of National Decline. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.


    1. Ronald Reagan, quoted in Steve Neal, “Reagan Assails Carter On Auto Layoffs,” Chicago Tribune, October 20, 1980, 5.
    2. Ronald Reagan, quoted in James T. Patterson, Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), 152.
    3. Robert Self, All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s (New York: Hill and Wang, 2012), 369.
    4. William F. Buckley, Jr., “Our Mission Statement,” National Review, November 19, 1955.
    5. James Reston, “What Goldwater Lost: Voters Rejected His Candidacy, Conservative Cause and the G.O.P.,” New York Times, November 4, 1964, 23
    6. George Wallace, quoted in William Chafe, The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991), 377.
    7. James Patterson, Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945–1974 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), 735–736.
    8. Lisa McGirr, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001), 227–231.
    9. Francis Schaeffer, quoted in Whatever Happened to the Human Race? (Episode I), Film, directed by Franky Schaeffer, (1979, USA, Franky Schaeffer V Productions).
    10. Walter Goodman, “Irving Kristol: Patron Saint of the New Right,” New York Times Magazine, December 6, 1981.
    11. Patterson, Restless Giant, 113
    12. Jimmy Carter, 1978 State of the Union Address, January 19, 1978, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum,
    13. Jefferson Cowie, Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class (New York: New Press, 2010), 12.
    14. George Meany, quoted in ibid., 293
    15. Ibid., 268.
    16. Richard Viguerie, quoted in Joseph Crespino, “Civil Rights and the Religious Right,” in Bruce J. Schulman and Julian Zelizer, eds., Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008), 9
    17. Patterson, Restless Giant, 148.
    18. Judith Stein, Pivotal Decade: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010), 231.
    19. Jimmy Carter, quoted in Chafe, Unfinished Journey, 453.
    20. William Winpisinger, quoted in Cowie, Stayin’ Alive, 261.
    21. Patterson, Restless Giant, 148.
    22. Ibid.
    23. Ibid.
    24. Jimmy Carter, quoted in “Carter Tells of ‘Adultery in His Heart,’” Los Angeles Times, September 21, 1976, B6.
    25. Crespino, “Civil Rights and the Religious Right,” 103
    26. Patterson, Restless Giant, 163; Jon Nordheimer, “Reagan Is Picking His Florida Spots: His Campaign Aides Aim for New G.O.P. Voters in Strategic Areas,” New York Times, February 5, 1976, 24
    27. Sean Wilentz, The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974–2008 (New York: HarperCollins, 2008), 124
    28. Meg Jacobs and Julian Zelizer, Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981–1989: A Brief History with Documents (Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s, 2011), 2.
    29. Patterson, Restless Giant, 150
    30. Ibid.
    31. Ronald Reagan, quoted in Jacobs and Zelizer, Conservatives in Power, 20.
    32. Jack Kemp, quoted in Jacobs and Zelizer, Conservatives in Power, 21.
    33. Wilentz, Age of Reagan, 121.
    34. Jacobs and Zelizer, Conservatives in Power, 25–26.
    35. Ronald Reagan, quoted in Neal, “Reagan Assails Carter,” 5
    36. Stein, Pivotal Decade, 267.
    37. Chafe, Unfinished Journey, 474.
    38. Patterson, Restless Giant, 159.
    39. Gil Troy, Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005), 67.
    40. Chafe, Unfinished Journey, 476.
    41. Ibid., 474.
    42. Margaret Bush Wilson, quoted in Troy, Morning in America, 93.
    43. Ibid., 210.
    44. Ibid., 110.
    45. Patterson, Restless Giant, 163–164.
    46. Troy, Morning in America, 208.
    47. Chafe, Unfinished Journey, 477.
    48. Patterson, Restless Giant, 162. Many people used the term harsh medicine to describe Volcker’s action on interest rates; see Art Pine, “Letting Harsh Medicine Work,” Washington Post, October 14, 1979, G1.
    49. Patterson, Restless Giant, 189.
    50. Ibid.
    51. Ibid., 190–191.
    52. Troy, Morning in America, 210; Patterson, Restless Giant, 165.
    53. Patterson, Restless Giant, 173–174.
    54. Ibid., 171.
    55. 1988 Democratic Primaries, CQ Voting and Elections Collection, database accessed June 30, 2015.
    56. The State of Black America, 1990 (New York: National Urban League, 1990), 34.
    57. Andrew Hacker, Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal (New York: Scribner, 1992), 102.
    58. Ibid., 94.
    59. Troy, Morning in America, 91.
    60. American Social History Project, Who Built America? Vol. Two: Since 1877 (New York: Bedford St. Martin’s, 2000), 723.
    61. Patterson, Restless Giant, 172–173.
    62. Chafe, Unfinished Journey, 487.
    63. Bruce Springsteen, “My Hometown,” Born in the USA (Columbia Records: New York, 1984).
    64. Chafe, Unfinished Journey, 489.
    65. Patterson, Restless Giant, 175.
    66. Ruth Rosen, The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America (New York: Penguin, 2000), 337. [
    67. Self, All in the Family, 376–377.
    68. Ibid., 387–388.
    69. Ibid., 384.
    70. Ibid., 389
    71. Wilentz, Age of Reagan, 163.
    72. Lou Cannon, “President Calls for ‘Crusade’: Reagan Proposes Plan to Counter Soviet Challenge,” Washington Post, June 9, 1982, A1.
    73. Conservative newspaper columnist Charles Krauthammer coined the phrase. See Wilentz, Age of Reagan, 157.
    74. Patterson, Restless Giant, 205.
    75. Laura Kalman, Right Star Rising: A New Politics, 1974–1980 (New York: Norton, 2010), 166–167.
    76. Ronald Reagan, “Address to the Nation on United States Policy in Central America,” May 9, 1984.
    77. Frances Fitzgerald, Way out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars, and the End of the Cold War (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000), 205.
    78. Ronald Reagan, “Remarks at the Annual Dinner of the Conservative Political Action Conference,” March 1, 1985.
    79. Lou Cannon, “Reagan Challenges Soviets to Dismantle Berlin Wall: Aides Disappointed at Crowd’s Lukewarm Reception,” Washington Post, June 13, 1987, A1.
    80. Patterson, Restless Giant, 163.
    81. Ibid.
    82. Patterson, Restless Giant.
    83. Jacobs and Zelizer, Conservatives in Power, 32.
    84. Patterson, Restless Giant, 186.
    85. Ibid., 164.
    86. Ibid., 166.
    87. Chafe, Unfinished Journey, 488.
    88. Jacobs and Zelizer, Conservatives in Power, 31.
    89. Patterson, Restless Giant, 158.

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