This book outlines the growth of the political Right in Southern California from the late s into the s. Lisa McGirr traces the Right’s. Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right Lisa McGirr. Princeton University Press, $ (cloth). Before the Storm: Barry. Lisa McGirr: Suburban Warriors not to be an ordinary suburban coffee klatch. Next to the coffee in suburbs such as Garden Grove, Orange County (the place.

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Perlstein is scrupulously fair, noting how Daniel Schorr of CBS got off a cheap and inaccurate shot on the verge of the Republican convention with a claim that Goldwater was planning to start his campaign in Bavaria—when what the senator had planned was a vacation.

Rick Perlstein, a journalist, writes principally of the campaign to draft Goldwater, an unenthusiastic Westerner, as the Republican nominee, and pit him against Lyndon Johnson in the presidential election.

Instead of continuing down the political path, many instead turned to religion in hopes of converting others to the proper way in life. It was not until Barry Goldwater won the primary in California that he was really considered a viable candidate.

Guilt, Regret, and usburban Coming-Out Narrative. Boston Review liisa, Martha C. McGirr even suggests that McCarthy was revered by some of the new conservatives as being a hero of some sort.

They felt Nixon had compromised his conservative principles and taken a moderate stance to obtain national support.


The fundamentalist worldview of an ongoing battle between good and evil fit well with the anti-communism of these groups.

Suburban warriors: the origins of the new American Right

McCarthyism was on the run, and movements on the political left were grabbing headlines. In the early s, American conservatives seemed to have fallen on hard times. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. Susan SontagGeoffrey Movius. Lisq already have an Oxford Academic account?

Suburban warriors: the origins of the new American Right

After years of ground-level work, the Republicans had placed suburbzn of fact-makers on the ground—the Florida governor, the secretary of state, the legislature, all ready to roll up their sleeves in any contingency. If you like what you read here, help us keep it free for everyone by making a donation.

They were, in a word I mean neutrally, fanatic.

It also means that we count on you, our readers, for support. Make a tax-deductible donation today Donate Today! According to Lisa McGirr, there oisa still a tremendous amount of red-baiting taking place at the local level.

The Origins of the New American Right. Utt that “barefooted Africans” were training in Georgia to help the United Nations take over the mcgirrr. This would make sense because the s was the height of the Cold War. McGirr claims George Wallace found little support in white collar Orange County because of his attachment “to New Deal programs, the welfare state and unions.

There was a component of anxiety in their thinking; their anticommunism was based on belief in a strong enemy. No Collision Bonnie Honig. Make a tax-deductible donation today. The media lampooned John Birchers’s accusations that Dwight Eisenhower was a communist puppet. McGirr says, “Orange County exaggerated trends occurring elsewhere – trends that were harbingers of future national change. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.


The military and military-industrial complex, including high technology industries like electronics, instrumentation, missiles and aircraft, attracted workers to the county from across the United States. Taking from their experiences, these individuals, especially mothers who stayed at home to raise their children, began to organize politically in an attempt to have this new value system transplanted into their county and neighborhoods.

This means you will always be able to read us without roadblocks or barriers to entry. Perlstein has a nose for pungent detail. Subyrban is hard to believe though that Orange County was a “real center and symbol of American conservatism.

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Related articles in Google Scholar. Her study of the history, demographics, and geography of the county is interesting and helps explain why Orange County became so conservative. Far from being uprooted, unnerved Midwestern reactionaries, they were the children of thriving new industrial parks.