Passing the Torch Organizations and Issues 1968–1972

Jonathan M. Schoenwald

in A Time for Choosing

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195157260
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849390 | DOI:
Passing the Torch Organizations and Issues 1968–1972

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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

Chapter.  14191 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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