University of South Florida Conservatism Ascendant Understanding Reaganism and The New Right Discussion Conservatism Ascendant How “new” were the New Righ

University of South Florida Conservatism Ascendant Understanding Reaganism and The New Right Discussion Conservatism Ascendant

How “new” were the New Right and the “Reagan Revolution” of the 1980s? Is the conservative ascendancy of the late 20th century best understood as a completely novel development in American history, or as part of a much longer history? If the latter, which earlier historical period is most useful in understanding Reaganism and the New Right? Use the assigned documents to support your answer.

Required reading: Voices of Freedom

Document 183 – Brochure on the Equal Rights Amendment (1970s)
Document 188 – Phyllis Schlafly, “The Fraud of the Equal Rights Amendment” (1972) 1.
Who were the “Silent Majority”?
African American supporters of
Richard Nixon.
Conservative, white Americans who
voted for Richard Nixon in 1968 as a
backlash against the radicalism of the
1960s.
Women who supported the equal
rights Amendment but were afraid to
speak out publicly.
Conservative, white Americans who
voted for Hubert Humphrey in 1968 as
a protest against Richard Nixon.
3.
The New Right coalition that elected Ronald
Reagan included all of the following groups,
except:
Reagan Democrats
Neoconservatives and Supply-
Side Economists
The Religious Right
Carter Republicans
2.
Deindustrialization in the 1970s led to all of
the following, EXCEPT:
A decline in manufacturing jobs in
the U.S.
The election of Richard Nixon.
A population shift to the “Sunbelt”
states of the South and West.
A decline in union membership in
the U.S.
4.
Before the fall of the Soviet Union,
communist regimes fell in all of the
following countries, EXCEPT:
South Africa
East Germany
Poland
Romania
5.
According to the “Brochure on the Equal
Rights Amendment” (Document 183)
published by the National Organization for
Women, the proposed Equal Rights
Amendment would do all of the following,
EXCEPT:
Outlaw discrimination on the basis of
sex and mandate equal pay for equal
work.
Eliminate the institutions of marriage
and motherhood.
Expand the rights of married women,
including owning a business and
establishing her own credit.
Make it easier for women to join the
military and to enjoy equal rights
therein.

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