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Cowboy ConservatismTexas and the Rise of the Modern Right$
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Sean P. Cunningham

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125763

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125763.001.0001

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Cowboy Conservatism

Sean P. Cunningham

University Press of Kentucky

This book is all about political change as it evolved in one of the nation's largest and most important states during the tumultuous seventeen-year period between John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas and Ronald Reagan's ascension to the presidency in 1980. A simplistic analysis of this transformation, based in large part on the perception that Texas has always been a conservative place, might suggest that—as Ronald Reagan, the preeminent icon of modern conservatism, once similarly quipped—Texas did not leave the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party left Texas. Yet the political changes that gripped Texas during the last decades of the twentieth century resulted from a far more complex mélange.

Keywords:   tumultuous, assassination, Dallas, conservatism, mélange

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