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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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.

First, many of the native ranchers whose families had been living on the land for generations became frustrated by what they saw occurring around them. But equivalent activists remain at work in Cobb County, Ga. Email alerts New issue alert.

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They flocked to meetings on minor matters so that, after years of work, they might—to take one example—eventually choose a school superintendent who in declared the United Nations a topic unfit for mccgirr discussion. They believed the United States would prevail if the nation was not bogged down in social programs, had a strong military and little or no United Nations involvement.


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SUBURBAN WARRIORS: The Origins of the New American Right

This conservative philosophical movement is not a phenomenon particular to Southern California, the author argues, nor are the phases of development only Princeton University Press- History – pages.

They were, in a word I mean neutrally, fanatic. The book is a local study that seeks to explain the rise of a national movement. They found this in the Senator from Arizona — Barry Goldwater. Eventually local activists “intersected with a national conservative movement” p.

They were, above all, practical. Selling Outrage Yochai Benkler argues that the mainstream media McGirr sees Orange County conservatism as largely middle class. Boston ReviewMartha C. Lisa McGirr shows that their movement was not one of marginal people suffering from status anxiety, but rather one formed by successful entrepreneurial types with modern lifestyles and bright futures.

McGirr views the Goldwater predidential campaign of as a watershed in the conservative political movement. The amorphous middle class includes educated doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs and engineers but it also includes others with lesser status, e. Her study of the history, demographics, and geography of the county is interesting and helps explain why Orange County became so conservative. Related articles in Google Scholar. McGirr finds that conservative Christianity found a home in Southern California and helped infuse a conservative political culture.

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Suburban warriors: the origins of the new American Right

If you like what you read here, help us keep it free for everyone by making a donation. Join us to support engaged discussion on critical issues. Menu Search Donate Shop Join. While introducing these rank-and-file activists, McGirr chronicles Orange County’s rise from “nut country” to political vanguard.

Even before the backlash from civil rights and antiwar movements, the counterculture, and feminism gave them national resonance, they knew what they wanted—a rollback of Communism and a shrinking of the welfare state. Books of the Week. Their programs might have been vague, or self-contradictory, or factually challenged, but their passion was fierce.

When Strom Thurmond broke the filibuster record during the civil rights debate, Goldwater, who had begun his political career hiring a black woman and, as a city councilman, helped end legal segregation in Phoenix schools, spelled him for bathroom breaks. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The two books under review—both thorough, both readable, and both important—tell compatible tales of two smallish groupings that made history move.