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From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich

Race in the Conservative Counterrevolution, 1963-1994

by Dan T. Carter

Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History

152 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / no illustrations

Southern History

  Paperback / 9780807123669 / February 1999

“Carter’s essays present graphic evidence of the extent to which race continues to matter in American politics.”—Journal of Southern History

In this penetrating survey of the last three decades, Dan T. Carter examines race as an issue in presidential politics. Drawing on his broad knowledge of recent political history, he traces the “counterrevolutionary” response to the civil rights movement since Wallace’s emergence on the national scene in 1963, and detects a gradual intersection of racial and economic conservatism in the coalition that re-shaped American politics from the 1970s through the mid-1990s. Concise yet replete with insight, wit, and often-amusing, always-telling anecdotes, this timely, timeless book is an uncommon blend of important and enjoyable reading. 

Dan T. Carter is Educational Foundation Professor at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservativism, and the Transformation of American Politics; When the War Was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865 -1867; and many other books. The 1970 publication of his award-winning Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South inspired a 1976 docudrama that rekindled controversy and interest in the case.

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