Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement

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Peter Schweizer, Wynton C. Hall
Texas A&M University Press, Mar 6, 2007 - Political Science - 186 pages
As Ronald Reagan declared, the conservative banner is one of bold, unmistakable colors, not “pastel shades.” Since World War II, the American conservative movement has changed the colors of the national political landscape. Here, in its own words, is the body of thought and rhetoric that has painted the movement’s banner.

Award-winning authors Peter Schweizer and Wynton C. Hall have gathered an authoritative collection of speeches representing the modern conservative movement. Beginning with Whittaker Chambers’s 1948 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee and continuing through the speeches of such conservative icons as Barry Goldwater, Bill Buckley, Phyllis Schlafly, Ronald Reagan, and Barbara Bush, the editors assemble an all-star line-up of conservative thought.

Newt Gingrich, champion of conservatism, said that, in this volume, “Peter Schweizer and Wynton Hall have captured the key moments in the emergence of modern conservatism.” Steve Forbes also praised this work as a "timely, much-needed reminder of what the movement is truly about." Without a doubt, Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement is a book that will interest anyone with a passion for politics, the spoken word, or history.

The thirteen speeches in this volume powerfully capture the principles, images, and causes that constitute modern American conservatism. Drawing on such thinkers as Russell Kirk and Richard M. Weaver, Schweizer and Hall vividly illustrate the ideas that have moved the conservative movement from the margins of society to the citadels of power.

An introduction to each speech explains the context in which it was first delivered and notes the impact of each statement on the movement and the nation.

The perfect gift for those who value conservatism or seek to understand it, Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement offers food for thought and action. For historians, political scientists, and students of public communication, the book is an essential source for the ideas that have shaped American society since 1945.

 

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Contents

I Broke Away from the Communist Party
9
Today We Are Educated Men
14
The Time Has Come
20
Extremism in the Defense of Liberty Is No Vice
30
A Time for Choosing
41
Is the New Morality Destroying America?
55
The First Inaugural
73
Evil Empire
81
Child Abuse in the Classroom
94
The Controversy Ends Here
105
The Contract with America
111
Our Mission and Our Moment
128
A Unipolar World
139
Acknowledgments
161
Index
163
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PETER SCHWEIZER is a research fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of numerous books, including Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy and Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph over CommunismWYNTON C. HALL is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the coauthor of The Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me about Politics, Leadership, and Life and Home of the Brave.

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