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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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The Eyes of Texas

The Eyes of Texas

Political Culture and Tradition

(p.12) Chapter 1 The Eyes of Texas
Cowboy Conservatism

Sean P. Cunningham

University Press of Kentucky

V.O. Key (a political scientist) argued that the “changes of nine decades have weakened the heritage of southern traditionalism, revolutionized the economy, and made Texas more western than southern.” He also argued that trumping virtually all other issues in Texas was the persistent debate over the extent, scope, and role of government in shaping the economy. According to him, factions of conservatives and liberals, exemplified by colorful and powerful personalities, dominated the state's midcentury political culture, while most Texans based their own political behaviors upon the publicly constructed definitions ascribed to each personality, faction, and ideology.

Keywords:   traditionalism, Texas, behavior, faction, ideology

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