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A Time for ChoosingThe Rise of Modern American Conservatism$
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Jonathan Schoenwald

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157260.001.0001

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Passing the Torch Organizations and Issues 1968–1972

Passing the Torch Organizations and Issues 1968–1972

(p.221) 8 Passing the Torch Organizations and Issues 1968–1972
A Time for Choosing

Jonathan M. Schoenwald

Oxford University Press

One month after Ronald Reagan's resounding victory in the California Republican primaries, Russell Kirk, perhaps conservatism's leading ideologue, posed the question “New Direction in the U.S.: Right?” in the New York Times Magazine. The period between 1968 and 1972 saw the maturation of a number of independent conservative organizations whose roots stretched back to the early 1960s. Specifically discussed are the Americans for Constitutional Action (ACA), Free Society Association (FSA), American Conservative Union (ACU) and Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). Conservatives entered the 1970s well prepared to take charge of American politics, and even with Watergate they managed to make gains throughout a decade that could have represented a complete disaster.

Keywords:   Ronald Reagan, California, Russell Kirk, conservatism, conservatives, Americans for Constitutional Action, Free Society Association, American Conservative Union, Young Americans for Freedom

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