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Civil War

Sean P. Cunningham

in Cowboy Conservatism

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125763
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125763.003.0007
Civil War

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The rise of modern Texan conservatism experienced a critical turning point in 1976. The war was essentially a split between the established party leadership, still committed to making Texas a two-party state, and a populist conservative grass roots energized by surging antiliberalism, a nationally reinvigorated antistatism, and the emergence of several new and politically active conservative special interest groups. In November 1976, it is unlikely that many Texans realized that Jimmy Carter would be the last Democratic presidential candidate to carry Texas in the twentieth century. Why that happened cannot be understood without carefully examining the state's political culture and the state GOP's intraparty conflicts during the mid-1970s.

Keywords: conservatism; leadership; antiliberalism; antistatism; populist

Chapter.  11040 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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