The Other Side of the Sixties

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-07-01
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr

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What were young conservatives doing in the 1960s while SDS and SNCC were working to move the political climate to the left? The Other Side of the Sixties offers a gripping account of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), an organization developed early in the decade that became a leading force in promoting conservative ideas and that helped lay the groundwork and provide the personnel for the conservatism so prevalent today. John Andrew has mined archival material to provide a detailed history of YAF. He documents YAF's efforts to form a viable organization, to define a new conservatism, to attack the liberal establishment, and to seize control of the Republican party, all while battling voter hostility and internal factionalism. The author also uncovers the Kennedy administrations's use of the IRS to subvert YAF and other right-wing organizations through tax audits and investigations. Andrew examines the new conservatism, at the moment when that conservatism was struggling to find its voice and deliver its message. By painting a more balanced portrait of political thinking in the Sixties, Andrew offers a new and much needed look at the political atmosphere of a vibrant decade. -- First full-length of account of the Young Americans for Freedom and one of the only books that examines the activities of the Right during the Sixties. -- Appendices that include both the Sharon Statment (the mission statement of the YAF) and a list of its attendees. -- Includes an essay on manuscript sources.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(10)
The Origins of the ``New Right''
The Republican Party, 1960, and the Struggle over ``Modern Republicanism''
The Sharon Conference and the Founding of YAF
The Thrill of Treason
Divisions in Conservative Ranks
Attacking the New Frontier
JFK and the Right Wing
Taking On the G.O.P.
YAF and the Crusade for Conservatism in 1964
Past as Prologue
Appendix A. The Sharon Statement 221(2)
Appendix B. Attendees, Sharon Conference 223(10)
A Note on Manuscript Sources 233(4)
Notes 237(42)
Index 279

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