The Republican Party and American Politics from Hoover to Reagan / Robert Mason.Material type: BookPublisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012Description: x, 310 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781107007048 (hardback).Subject(s): Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) -- History -- 20th century | HISTORY / United States / 20th Century | United States -- Politics and government -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 324.273409/04
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. From old Home Melodies to jazz music: 1928-1933; 2. As Maine goes, so goes Vermont: 1933-1939; 3. The simple barefoot Wall Street lawyer: 1939-1945; 4. Liberty versus socialism: 1945-1953; 5. Modern Republicanism: 1953-1961; 6. A choice, not an echo: 1960-1968; 7. There's a realignment going on: 1968-1976; 8. You are witnessing the great realignment: 1977-1989; Conclusion.
"Robert Mason investigates how Republicans tackled the problem of their party's minority status from the Great Depression until the Reagan years"--
"During a long period of the twentieth century, stretching from the Great Depression until the Reagan years, defeat generally characterized the electoral record of the Republican party. Although Republicans sometimes secured victory in presidential contests, a majority of Americans identified with the Democratic party, not the GOP. This book investigates how Republicans tackled the problem of their party's minority status and why their efforts to boost GOP fortunes usually ended in failure. At the heart of the Republicans' minority puzzle was the profound and persistent popularity of New Deal liberalism. This puzzle was stubbornly resistant to solution. Efforts to develop a Republican version of government activism met little success. The same was true of conservative strategies that stressed a more fundamental rejection of the Democrats' arguments. Technocratic initiatives to improve party organization and communications similarly failed to facilitate an electoral breakthrough. Only the Democratic party's decline eventually created opportunities for Republican resurgence. This book is the first to offer a wide-ranging analysis of the topic, which is of central importance to any understanding of modern U.S. political history"--